In early February, we received news from Immigration, that our application for permanent disability was denied.
I am on Disability Support because of Crohn's Disease, a badly damaged hip, arthritis, Fibro, Asthma, and a whole host of other disabilities, when we applied for Alyssa's Permanent Residency, ODSP (Disability) told us that we could finally start receiving the spousal credit. Money that I was entitled to because I was a married person, but which I hadn't previously received because my spouse was not a Canadian. Their policy is, however, that as soon as the paperwork was started to change all that, that they would start giving me that money.
Immigration decided that the Spousal Credit that I was receiving, counted as Alyssa receiving government assistance. We appealed the decision but never heard back from them. We are reapplying again, this time with the assistance of a community lawyer.
When our application was denied, we lost the spousal credit. That's $500 a month less than we were getting before. While once we reapply we would be eligible again, we can't accept the credit without getting out application denied again.
Alyssa is still working hard at finding a job, both in her field and at this point anyplace that it's available. So far, except for the occasional odd temporary position, she hasn't had much luck and it is taking a toll on her.
We've managed to cover most of the bills, despite the sudden loss of $500, but there are still a few more that we can't pay.
We have an overdraft on our account right now for a car payment we had to cover (thank goodness for overdraft protection.), another car payment due in two weeks, and both Alyssa and I have medication we cannot afford to buy right now.
If we can't get some help:
- I will lose the only accessible means of transportation available to me.
- I will be unable to get my pain/nausea/inflammation medication, which will make it more difficult to do the things I do to try and earn more money for next month.
- Alyssa will be unable to get her HRT meds and will lose some of the amazing progress she has made and all the associated mental health repercussions of said fact.
Any little bit helps. We really appreciate it.