March 4, 2020

Not everyone has a bank of Mum and Dad, where to go for help...

Not everyone has a bank of Mum and Dad

Where to go for help?

Many Albertans who get AISH or Income Supports are struggling with the April 1st date change. We asked, "How have the recent changes to income supports/AISH affected you?"

When calling the AISH specialist doesn't always help,
not everyone has a bank of Mum & Dad
What we have learned is when someone has a Mom, Dad, public guardian or public trustee, it has made the date change a bit easier, yet both people reported others who will struggle and hit with fees and fines.  

Where can you go for help if you don't have a "Bank of Mum and Dad?"

Here are just two stories of what has happened when people heard about the date change.  At the end of this post, see our tip sheets on where to go for financial help.

And please continue to share your story with the government on why we need to save the date! 

"All the AISH office could tell me was 'Keep an eye on my account.' They couldn’t tell me a lot really.” 

My friends are all complaining about AISH because changing it to the first of the month screws so many things up. I got a call from one of the AISH generalists in Grande Prairie. Apparently, she was told to call me.  I explained my concerns. She said, “Keep an eye on your account and talk to your landlord about changing when you pay rent” But it’s hard when you change the payment dates. There are lots of things where you need the money just before the end of the month like public transportation.

Read more of their story here


"Having a public guardian and trustee is awesome! 
I don’t go 

A public trustee can help with bill payments
and protect represented adults from financial abuse
hungry. My rent is paid."

The best thing I ever did six years ago I got a public trustee. I don’t go hungry.  I have a place to live I have support. The supports I have and the people in my life that are not controlling me. It is respect. Having a public guardian and trustee is not as bad as people think…
In fact, It is awesome!

Read more of their story here Learn more about the public trustee visit this Link

Tip Sheets

What do you do when you don't have a Mom or Dad? Or are not eligible for a public trustee? 

Click on the links below for more tipsheets:  

Where to go for money help in Calgary
Steps on how to change your mobile phone
Where to go for free meals



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