Valerie Belsito is 47 years old and wheelchair bound. She relies on support from homecare services and her children to provide for her personal needs. For the past 16 years Valerie has lived in a rent geared to income home managed by Social Housing through the District of Sault Ste. Marie’s Social Service Board.
As her physical conditions deteriorated due to symptoms of multiple sclerosis over the years accommodations were made to her home to make it accessible. Confusion about income reporting to the Social Housing authorities quickly spiraled Valerie into a situation of almost $10, 000 owing in arrears. Valerie has been evicted and must leave the premise by April 14th, 2015. With the lack of accessible housing in Sault Ste Marie, Valerie is now facing homelessness.