A lot can happen in one week. Last week, Valerie Belsito was facing imminent homelessness when a situation of rent arrears quickly spiraled out of control and other factors associated with Sault Ste. Marie Housing Corporation policies were muddled. Today, Valerie has a choice on the table that includes a stay in the eviction notice issued two weeks ago and a reinstatement of her social housing subsidy. But Valerie is conflicted by the terms of the offer. With time ticking down Valerie feels that her choice is Housing or Human Rights.
But the settlement comes with conditions that do not sit well with Valerie.
The agreement includes a condition that Valerie withdraw or dismiss a complaint filed with the Human Rights Tribunal. This matter, though contentious, was not mentioned in the Northern Hoot’s previous article written about Valerie’s impending homelessness, for the simple reason that the two issues seemed to be separate of one another.
And Valerie thinks so too.
“My Human Rights complaint has nothing to do with the eviction. It’s about the way I’ve been treated and the way my kids have been treated for years.”