Calgarians who once earned steady incomes are now struggling to pay their bills
CALGARY — As cooler weather starts driving up heating costs, Calgary distress centres are finding that more people who once earned steady incomes are now struggling to pay their bills and seeking relief with limited success.
When Alberta’s recession began, the Calgary Distress Centre was busy helping people who were most vulnerable, including those on fixed incomes and receiving social services.
But as the downturn stretched on for months and, now, two years, people who used to be financially comfortable have found themselves unemployed and on the edge.
“These are people who were doing pretty well and now are increasingly exhausting personal savings and still finding it very difficult to get their basic needs met, whether that’s rent, mortgage or utilities,” said David Kirby, clinical services manager at the distress centre.