Ensemble http://www.ensembleunderstands.com Inspiring Strength from a Parent’s Perspective Wed, 05 Aug 2020 22:44:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Local Parent from the Housing in Amherstburg/Harrow area for Disabled is hosting a zoom meeting on town-home housing ideas, Thursday, August 16th, from 5-6pm http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/local-parent-from-the-housing-in-amherstburg-harrow-area-for-disabled-is-hosting-a-zoom-meeting-on-town-home-housing-ideas-thursday-august-16th-from-5-6pm/ http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/local-parent-from-the-housing-in-amherstburg-harrow-area-for-disabled-is-hosting-a-zoom-meeting-on-town-home-housing-ideas-thursday-august-16th-from-5-6pm/#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 22:44:22 +0000 http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/?p=5210 One our Ensemble parents', Lois, is the creator of a private Facebook Group, Housing in Aburg / Harrow for Disabled to look how families can address housing for their family members in the Amherstburg/Harrow area, and the group is hosting an online event, Thursday, August 16th, from 5-6 pm, via Zoom, called Plant a Home, https://plantahome.ca/. It is […]

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One our Ensemble parents', Lois, is the creator of a private Facebook Group, Housing in Aburg / Harrow for Disabled to look how families can address housing for their family members in the Amherstburg/Harrow area, and the group is hosting an online event, Thursday, August 16th, from 5-6 pm, via Zoom, called Plant a Home, https://plantahome.ca/. It is an information session on Townhome housing were innovative ideas will be presented by Christina Zhang, who has a business degree and understands the challenges parents have in finding housing for their adult disabled children.

The meeting will take place via zoom, and the zoom link will be sent out closer to the meeting If you are interested, please let me know via Facebook, or ensemble@communitylivingessex.org, or Lois Bebbington, lois.bebb@yahoo.com.

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One time COVID Disability payment of $600 to be paid out in early fall http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/one-time-covid-disability-payment-of-600-to-be-paid-out-in-early-fall/ http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/one-time-covid-disability-payment-of-600-to-be-paid-out-in-early-fall/#respond Sat, 01 Aug 2020 13:39:10 +0000 http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/?p=5208 The government of Canada has posted on their website that the one time COVID Disability payment of $600 will be paid out in early fall. The details are posted at, https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/covid19-emergency-benefits/one-time-payment-persons-disabilities.html?fbclid=IwAR201bxrsStxmtSkdpelAbbdfZbLn9k2zsSyh9FdIu_IJNADZMPgJgglLjI

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The government of Canada has posted on their website that the one time COVID Disability payment of $600 will be paid out in early fall. The details are posted at, https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/covid19-emergency-benefits/one-time-payment-persons-disabilities.html?fbclid=IwAR201bxrsStxmtSkdpelAbbdfZbLn9k2zsSyh9FdIu_IJNADZMPgJgglLjI

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Ontario releases plans to fully open all publicly funded schools for September http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/ontario-releases-plans-to-fully-open-all-publicly-funded-schools-for-september/ http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/ontario-releases-plans-to-fully-open-all-publicly-funded-schools-for-september/#respond Thu, 30 Jul 2020 19:52:08 +0000 http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/?p=5205 The government of Ontario has released plans earlier today to fully open all publicly schools in September. All the details are found at, https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/07/ontario-releases-plan-for-safe-reopening-of-schools-in-september.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p&fbclid=IwAR3VTVrFwmcWxgmd88hLSAxCrrONxwIfmGziZuG-83ez1crs8ipAGYGDx-Y

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The government of Ontario has released plans earlier today to fully open all publicly schools in September. All the details are found at, https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/07/ontario-releases-plan-for-safe-reopening-of-schools-in-september.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p&fbclid=IwAR3VTVrFwmcWxgmd88hLSAxCrrONxwIfmGziZuG-83ez1crs8ipAGYGDx-Y

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City of Windsor is offering free hand sanitizer to residents, July 30th http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/city-of-windsor-is-offering-free-hand-sanitizer-to-residents-july-30th/ http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/city-of-windsor-is-offering-free-hand-sanitizer-to-residents-july-30th/#respond Wed, 29 Jul 2020 16:15:14 +0000 http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/?p=5203 The City of Windsor is offering free hand sanitizer for pick up tomorrow at the WFCU centre from 9 am to 1 pm. I just wanted to share as many of us have medically fragile/immune compromised family members who are more vulnerable to COVID-19, and this could be of some help for families. https://mailchi.mp/5e6dfd708381/windsor-essex-community-health-centre-master-your-health-workshops-12603654?e=d1ee1678f1

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The City of Windsor is offering free hand sanitizer for pick up tomorrow at the WFCU centre from 9 am to 1 pm. I just wanted to share as many of us have medically fragile/immune compromised family members who are more vulnerable to COVID-19, and this could be of some help for families.

https://mailchi.mp/5e6dfd708381/windsor-essex-community-health-centre-master-your-health-workshops-12603654?e=d1ee1678f1

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Senate gives Royal Assent to Bill C-20 which includes one time $600 COVID Disability payment http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/senate-gives-royal-assent-to-bill-c-20-which-includes-one-time-600-covid-disability-payment/ http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/senate-gives-royal-assent-to-bill-c-20-which-includes-one-time-600-covid-disability-payment/#respond Tue, 28 Jul 2020 01:35:42 +0000 http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/?p=5201 The Senate has passed bill C-20 which has the $600 one time Covid Disability payment as part of the bill. When we find out when we will receive the payments, we will pass along that information. https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/senate-approves-bill-on-wage-subsidy-disability-payments-for-covid-19-1.5040599

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The Senate has passed bill C-20 which has the $600 one time Covid Disability payment as part of the bill. When we find out when we will receive the payments, we will pass along that information.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/senate-approves-bill-on-wage-subsidy-disability-payments-for-covid-19-1.5040599

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Latest Information for Families email – July 2020 http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/latest-information-for-families-email-july-2020/ http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/latest-information-for-families-email-july-2020/#respond Tue, 28 Jul 2020 01:32:59 +0000 http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/?p=5197 We have put together our latest information for families email for July 2020, https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Information-for-Families---July-2020-.html?soid=1132692039930&aid=L_LQuSH3syI

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We have put together our latest information for families email for July 2020, https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Information-for-Families---July-2020-.html?soid=1132692039930&aid=L_LQuSH3syI

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Statistics Canada Survey on how Covid-19 has impacted those with disabilities http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/statistics-canada-survey-on-how-covid-19-has-impacted-those-with-disabilities/ http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/statistics-canada-survey-on-how-covid-19-has-impacted-those-with-disabilities/#respond Fri, 26 Jun 2020 18:08:14 +0000 http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/?p=5188 Statistics Canada is conducting a survey to collect information about how COVID-19 has impacted the employment, household expenses, and access to health services for people with disabilities. Take the survey,https://surveys-enquetes.statcan.gc.ca/form-formulaire/q/en/eqgsa167ab16efa1486f93d69f6801436b8a/p0

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Statistics Canada is conducting a survey to collect information about how COVID-19 has impacted the employment, household expenses, and access to health services for people with disabilities. Take the survey,https://surveys-enquetes.statcan.gc.ca/form-formulaire/q/en/eqgsa167ab16efa1486f93d69f6801436b8a/p0

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Federal Government released details of funding for Canadians with disabilities http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/federal-government-released-details-of-funding-for-canadians-with-disabilities/ http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/federal-government-released-details-of-funding-for-canadians-with-disabilities/#respond Mon, 08 Jun 2020 20:38:55 +0000 http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/?p=5170 The federal government released details Friday of funding for Canadians with disabilities, details can be found at, https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/feds-to-send-600-to-some-canadians-with-disabilities-1.4970813?fbclid=IwAR3jLV2MjCVoDDa2cQQtHVvTFMZHl7dHEtV3SvX7wZI1rfpqEtkJtLI5ko0

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The federal government released details Friday of funding for Canadians with disabilities, details can be found at, https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/feds-to-send-600-to-some-canadians-with-disabilities-1.4970813?fbclid=IwAR3jLV2MjCVoDDa2cQQtHVvTFMZHl7dHEtV3SvX7wZI1rfpqEtkJtLI5ko0

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Greater Essex County District School Board develops Online resources for Mental Health http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/greater-essex-county-district-school-board-develops-online-resources-for-mental-health/ http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/greater-essex-county-district-school-board-develops-online-resources-for-mental-health/#respond Thu, 21 May 2020 19:19:39 +0000 http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/?p=5166 The Greater Essex County District School Board has developed an online resource portal for mental health, https://www.publicboard.ca/News/SupportingAllofUsThroughCOVID-19/PodcastsandVideos/Pages/default.aspx#/= .

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Canadian Ontario Housing Benefit (COHB) http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/canadian-ontario-housing-benefit-cohb/ http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/canadian-ontario-housing-benefit-cohb/#respond Wed, 20 May 2020 20:26:32 +0000 http://www.ensembleunderstands.com/?p=5163 Community Living Essex County prepared this resource document on the Canadian Ontario Housing Benefit (COHB). Canada Ontario Housing Benefit (COHB) Information SheetMay 13, 2020 The Canada Ontario Housing Benefit (COHB) was announced Monday by the City of Windsor Housing Services. The purpose of this program is to increase flexibility and affordability of rental housing for […]

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Community Living Essex County prepared this resource document on the Canadian Ontario Housing Benefit (COHB).

Canada Ontario Housing Benefit (COHB)

Information Sheet
May 13, 2020

The Canada Ontario Housing Benefit (COHB) was announced Monday by the City of Windsor Housing Services. The purpose of this program is to increase flexibility and affordability of rental housing for low-income households. It is jointly funded by the federal and provincial governments. The housing needs of vulnerable populations have been categorized in 2 priority groups.

First priority:
• Survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking
• Persons experiencing or are at risk of homelessness
• Indigenous persons
• Seniors, and
• People with disabilities
Second priority
• Households or Persons living in community housing that are not receiving affordability support (e.g., rent supplements, housing allowances)
• Households no longer receiving financial assistance as a result of expiring federal-provincial programs or social housing operating agreements (e.g. end of operating agreements, expiring rent supplement programs)

COHB Program Highlights
• Portable housing benefit meaning that it is not tied to a specific housing unit – it is tied to the person. This means of the person moves, the benefit moves with them.
• Benefit is income-based
• Benefit is paid directly to the person
• The application must be completed with Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation (CHC)
• The CHC submits the application to the Ministry of Finance whole is the approval body
• All future correspondence and updates will be directly between the Ministry of Finance and the person.
• The person is not required to update changes in income throughout the year. The Ministry of Finance will catch the change during their annual review of the person’s Notice of Assessment. If the income change amends the benefit, it is effective as of the annual review. It is not retroactive – no penalty or recovery of benefit is assessed.

COHB Eligibility
• Person must be on the Central Housing Registry (CHR)waitlist for social housing or deemed eligible by CHR to be on the housing waitlist
• Person is in housing need and living in community housing
• No member of a household receiving a COHB benefit may receive or be part of a household that receives RGI assistance, more than one COHB benefit, or another government-funded housing benefit (e.g., housing allowance under the Investment in Affordable Housing program) at the same time, except for social assistance shelter payments.
• Two roommates living in a 2 bedroom apartment would apply independently as a 1 bedroom
• A person living in their family home and paying rent could qualify for COHB benefits.

COHB Term
• Begins April 1, 2020 until March 31, 2029, subject to annual budget approval
NOTE: Applications submitted by June 30, 2020, are retroactive to April 1, 2020.

COHB Benefit Calculation
The benefit is calculated based on the difference between 30 % of the person’s income and 80% of the average market rent in Windsor/Essex (the rates used by the Ministry of Finance are not published). To calculate a possible benefit use the following calculation for a person receiving ODSP paying $1,000 rent monthly. If the person is not receiving ODSP or OW only use Calculation #2.

Calculation #1 Calculation #2 Possible Benefit
Rent $1,000
Minus ODSP
housing allowance 497
$ 503 Income $1,169 x 30% = $350.70
Minus Average market rent
$669 x 80% = 535.20
($184.5) Calculation #1 $503
Minus
Calculation#2 ($184.50)
Benefit $318.50

The person’s monthly benefit would be approximately $318.50.

COHB Application process
• Determine if the person is on the CHR waitlist and their application is up-to-date.
If they are not on the list, or their application has not been updated this year, go the CHR’s website https://www.chrwec.com/ and download the application, complete and either email or fax the application. Please write CLEC on the top right corner to let them know they are supported by our agency.
Email: chrwec@wechc.com
Phone: 519-254-1681
Fax: 19 254-9166
• The COHB application is completed over the phone. No documents are required to be submitted as part of the application process. To arrange for a phone call contact CHC
Email: housingbenefit@wechc.com
Phone: (519) 254-1681 x 4005
Website: http://www.wechc.com/rentals/Canada-Ontario-Housing-Benefit/
• The application process will determine an estimated benefit. The Ministry of Finance will confirm or amend the estimated benefit.
• Income will be confirmed by the Ministry of Finance based on the person’s Notice of Assessment from the person’s previous income tax filing. It is important that the person has filed their income tax as the Ministry will initial deny the application if income cannot be confirmed using their Notice of Assessment. It is not clear what other income verification may be accepted.

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