On Wednesday evening CJAM provided a live remote to the Windsor Workers’ Action Centre as part of CKUT’s 11th Annual Homelessness Marathon.
Local media has been focusing on a supposed increase in the number of panhandlers in the downtown core (Windsor Star & Windsorite.ca). In a city where millions are being spent on a new aquatic centre and with the eleimination of the Community Maintenance and Start-Up Benefit, life is tough for people on the streets.
Many on social assistance are panhandling to make ends meet. During the discussion, Rob points out that since there is nowhere to go for a meal after 6PM, the money he makes panhandling during the day goes towards buying pizza or a hamburger in the evening. He rents a housekeeping room with no kitchen, so the extra cash makes it possible for him to better survive the nights.
Several Windsor residents who all live in poverty and panhandle as a way to make ends meet came together to tell us their stories:
Ron on the right and Rockin Robbee took part