I am responding to Flora Thompson’s letter of Dec. 29. I live in the same building as she does, and have been able to tap into the Senior’s Independent Initiative for snow shoveling money. Any single senior, or couple whose income is $22,133 or $31,300, or lower can qualify for a number of services. I was able to get $250 for snow removal and a nice young man was hired and is at my car clearing snow around and off it, before 7:30 a.m.
Other services, include light housecleaning, (i.e. oven cleaning) errands, transportation, meals on wheels, or meal preparation. These people are eager to have more seniors on this program and do not ask invasive questions. Just allow the worker to see line 236 of your CRA notice of assessment. The program was new when I applied in the spring of 2018, so took a bit of time to get the wheels moving. But I’m sure things happen faster now.
Don’t be afraid or intimidated by any government worker. We put them in their jobs to work for us. So, make sure you get what you deserve. With the program, snow shoveling/removal should be a thing of the past for all seniors, as should oven cleaning and mopping floors and making meals if you can’t do it yourself. I urge seniors 65 and over to call this toll-free # 1-877-569-0546 and get the help you deserve. You should not have to pay out-of-pocket for these services.