GYFHAS
Let's look at this realistically.

For Rent: new 1BR apt, no last mo, util incl, $300/mo...or not

In 2013, after being screwed around/over, lied to/about, forced on to the street and put in the position of having to return to Brampton, by Good Shepherd Centres, City Housing Hamilton and the City of Hamilton, I was given a room, by Supportive Housing In Peel, for the two weeks paid by the Ministry of Community & Social Services, while they "helped" me. The "help" I received is detailed in the following e-mail messages, dated 2013.

This past November, after more than two years, Supportive Housing In Peel contacted me, offering more of their "help". The subsequent exchange is detailed in the following e-mail messages, dated 2015.

Based on my experiences with "social service" agencies in general, Supportive Housing In Peel in particular and the fact SHIP is being, at best, evasive and misleading, I'm more than a little skeptical that their current offer of "help" is legitimate or, even if it is, that they would be of any.

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ME to Aleef 27 July, 2013
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Attached is the e-mail summary, detailing some of my experience with ODSP, which I mentioned and a copy of a fax sent to Mary Kan, Cyril's manager. There's a good deal more documentation but I think this gives a good sense of what I've been subjected to and the type of people involved. Also attached, is a document containing the text of an editorial and draft of an e-mail message to the editor.

Tanya Di Benedetto, a social worker with John Howard Society, Paulina Love, a social worker with Canadian Mental Health Association and Kathy Kruger, with "A Healing Place", attempted to assist me in obtaining the glasses and medical transportation, to no avail. The only person who's had any success, at all, is Ken Kruger, my psychiatrist. Several months ago, Cyril withheld benefits, Ken called someone and the benefits were released, immediately. I told Ken he ought to go into law but I think he finds trying to deal with them almost as aggravating as I do.

Going to Cyril's superiors has been an exercise in futility. Mary Kan, his manager, seemed very sincere but did nothing. As far as I know, Madeleine Meilleur did nothing except forward copies of the e-mail messages she received to Mary Kan, her successor did nothing except have Cyril call me and the remainder, of the MPP's I requested assistance from, did absolutely nothing. Kathleen Wynne and Ted McMeekin were sent copies of the attached, on 15 July. To date, I've received no response, from either.

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ME to Aleef 9 August, 2013
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Got your message. You "hope (I'm) well"?

Thanks to all the "help" I've received, I'm "living" on the street, with no medication and no actual help; doesn't sound "well", to me.

Yesterday, you stressed that you'd "explained", to me, what "Cyril said" and I felt you were pressuring me to rent a room, for "$479.00 a month", so "ODSP (would) release funds" and I could "get (my) medication, glasses (et cetera)". To-day, you're telling me there's an "investigation" and I should "talk to them" "for (my) sake".

If I'd done as you suggested yesterday, I'd be paying around $500.00 in rent, about $200.00 in storage, and approximately $500.00 for drugs; more than my income. This while living in an empty room, scavenging cigarette butts and snaring squirrels. I'm assuming the funds, medication, glasses et cetera wouldn't have been forthcoming, even had I done as you told me "Cyril said" I needed to, in order to obtain the benefits. What a surprise, eh?

Now, you're telling me ODSP "needs" to talk with me and I I should talk with them, "for (my) sake". As I've told you, three or four times, I tried talking with them, for years, about the glasses et cetera, I need, and it's gotten me nothing but frustration and stress; neither of which I needed or could deal with. Is there any rational reason to think ODSP will give me the benefits THIS TIME, when they haven't, after I've given them what they've asked for, several times, in the past? What are they going to do if I tell them to "go fuck themselves"? Jail me? Not a deterrent, when the alternative's living on the street. These (IMO) assholes are a huge part of the reason I'm in this situation, they've made it impossible for me to get out of it and expect me to come running when they "snap their fingers".

Hell, I think an "investigation" is a great idea. Would you like me to copy you on the e-mail I'm sending the Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, The Globe and Mail and Metro News?

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Aleef to Paulette 15 August, 2013
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This is the first email Chris sent me a couple weeks ago.

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Paulette to ME 16 August, 2013
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Your email was forwarded to me by a member of my staff and I would suggest that you connect with legal services to see if they could assist you.

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ME to Paulette16 August, 2013
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Been there, done that, got the T-shirt; also, a damaged sphincter.

My experiences with LAO have been of very little benefit; the most being the brief flicker of amusement I experienced when it occurred to me that "LAO" is an acronym for "laughing ass off" and how appropriate that was. This benefit was offset by the time and effort I wasted, in attempting to obtain their help, and the frustration/stress caused by their involvement.

Ironically, "legal services" is one of the "several, closely related stories", mentioned in my 23 July e-mail message to Paul Berton as well as three or four complaints to the Law Society of Upper Canada if I'm ever in a position where I'm able to pursue them.

In any case, based on my knowledge of relevant law (which is more than you might expect), legal services could assist me; based on my experiences, with them, they won't...but thank you, for the suggestion.

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Paulette to ME 16 August, 2013
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That is most unfortunate Chris, I am really sorry to hear that. At this point I can’t think of any other resource you may connect with. If I think of anything I will let you know.

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ME to Paulette 16 August, 2013
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More unfortunate than you know; LAO and ODSP are two of "several" and not the most notable.

In my understanding, a "resource" is of use, a benefit. After four years of searching, unsuccessfully, for "resources" to help in dealing with my situation, it'd be a major blow to my self-esteem if you were able to think of one I'd overlooked. Don't let that deter you, though; I can live with another blow to my self-esteem. Medication and housing, on the other hand...

Anyway, thanks for your interest.
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Aleef to ME 4 November, 2015
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I hope this email finds you well. I just left a message on your voice mail. I wanted to inform you that your name has come up on our housing waitlist for assessment. Should you be deemed eligible, you will be next to receive a housing unit with Supportive Housing in Peel. If you are still interested, I think it best for you and I to meet as soon as possible to commence the assessment which will take place over four sittings.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

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Aleef to ME 6 November, 2015
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I have not as yet heard back from you. If you find this message, please do call me back as soon as possible as your name has come up on our housing waitlist. I am in the office from Monday to Friday (8:30am to 4:30pm). I would like to meet you as soon as possible to get assessment process started and finished quickly. I hope you are doing okay.

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ME to Aleef 6 November, 2015
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As you know, I attempted to obtain assistance from a number of "social service" agencies, including SHIP, for years.

Most of these agencies were a waste of time, some were worse and none provided the assistance they purported to.

The "help" I received resulted in my being forced on to the street, deprived of medication as well as medical treatment, what "support" I had and my health to deteriorate, greatly.

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Aleef to ME 6 November, 2015
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I'm glad you've gotten back to me. We have a housing unit available and your name has come up on the waitlist. I remember your situation from safe beds and personally requested to work on your file as I am now with housing.

Should your eligibility be approved you will receive housing with SHIP and I (if you are comfortable with that) will be your case worker for the long term.

Please let me know if you'd like to meet and take advantage of this possibility.

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ME to Aleef 6 November, 2015
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I have no reason to believe this "possibility" is any less illusory than the others, which pursuing has caused me wind up in the situation I find myself.

Even if it weren't and "affordable" housing were actually made available, I don't see how, at this point, I'd be able to "take advantage" of it.

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Aleef to ME 6 November, 2015
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I realize that you are frustrated and rightfully so. I sincerely wish to help you with your housing situation which is why I have requested to work with you. Can I ask that we work together once more? The assessment process requires four meetings. I know that is a lot, but it is a procedure of which I have no say over. You have already been pre-screened for eligibility and your name has come up on the waitlist. I wish I could give you the promise of immediate housing right now, but I cannot do so until we meet a few times and I can put the relevant documentation together first. This is supported housing, as such you would not run into the same problems you had with Good Sheppard.

Chris, if you are interested, I'd like us to try and start clean and simply make a date and a place to meet. If you are not interested or not ready, I will update your file status appropriately.

I hope we can give this another shot.

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Aleef to ME 6 November, 2015
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I'll be heading out for the weekend shortly. I will be back on Monday at 8:30am. When you get the chance, please me know if you would like to meet up at some point.

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Aleef to ME 9 November, 2015
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I just thought I'd reach out once more and see if you'd like to meet up. Please let me know if you are still interested and I'd be happy to get things started.

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ME to Aleef 9 November, 2015
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Social service agencies and their employees lying about providing help, holding out false hope, wasting the time of people in need of help and leaving them in worse shape than they were when they asked for help doesn't frustrate me so much as it angers me.

Why do you "sincerely wish to help" me with my housing situation, now? You, apparently, didn't when you did work with me. Alternatively, if you did wish to help me, when you worked with me, is there any reason to believe you'd be any more effective now?

What do you think are the problems I had with Good Shepherd, which I wouldn't have with supported housing and why wouldn't I?

You're a nice guy and I like you, personally, but I have no reason to believe you'd be of any more help now than you were previously and a number of reasons to believe you wouldn't. As George Santayana put it: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Having said that, I do owe you a bit for the couple of weeks respite, at safe beds. For that reason and since, judging from the number of e-mail messages, this is important to you, I'll "work with you" BUT since your way didn't work, we'll do it mine. This is a four step process intended to minimize the likelihood of more of my time being wasted and me being "jerked around"...again.

STEP ONE
Is the point and purpose of this exercise to get me into manageable housing or something else?
What and where is the housing unit that's, supposedly, available?
What is the time frame for these "four meetings"?
Will the housing unit be held, while these "four meetings" take place?
How long, after the last of the meetings, until possession of the housing unit?

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Aleef to ME 9 November, 2015
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I'm glad we can give this a shot. I'm about to go into a meeting which will be one hour. I will email you with answers to your questions immediately after.

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Aleef to ME 9 November, 2015
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While you were at the safe beds, an application was placed for housing and now your name has finally come up. Here are the answers to some of your questions:

Is the point and purpose of this exercise to get me into manageable housing or something else?

Yes, these four meetings are to assess your eligibility for this housing program. If accepted, you will receive a SHIP housing unit and will be assigned a worker for the long term. This assessment period is not just to determine your eligibility but to also understand what your needs and goals are. I'll take in information around your preferences for housing. Our goal is to get you off the street into stable housing before working together on your other goals.

What and where is the housing unit that's, supposedly, available?

I don't have the exact locations available to me, but I can find out for you. Your preferences could influence where you may end up.

What is the time frame for these "four meetings"?

The time frame is dependent on you and where you currently reside. For instance, if it is Brampton/Mississauga, I can meet you a couple times this week and a couple times next week so as to expedited the process.

Will the housing unit be held, while these "four meetings" take place?

It is a first come first serve basis, but we are anticipating many more units popping up over the next several months. The sooner I get through your assessment the sooner I can make the determination that you are eligible. I have not completed any other assessments with other individuals as yet.

How long, after the last of the meetings, until possession of the housing unit?

I am not sure of the exact amount of time, but I can find out for you by tomorrow. It is reasonable to assume that should you get approved, a unit will be available fairly soon and possibly immediately. But let me verify that with my manager.

What is your current living situation? Are you still homeless or do you have an accommodation for the time being? If you do have housing right now, just know that it will not negatively impact your eligibility.

Please also let me know your availability and meeting location preference.

By the way, Ave Roberts is no longer my manager as I'm not with the safe beds any more. My manager is Maryanne Smallwood. Let's try to get through all this together and if there is something I cannot resolve, you can always speak with Maryanne (Maryanne@shipshey.ca). Thanks Chris for engaging me in this. I look forward to meeting you again.

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ME to Aleef 9 November, 2015
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I'm fairly sure I told you about the fiasco, with Hamilton Housing, while I was at Good Shepherd. I have no reason to think this would be any different.

What, exactly, are the eligibility criteria for this housing program?

If and when I determine you have something substantial to offer, I can tell you what my needs and goals are in about ten minutes. In fact, I'm fairly sure I told you what they were, when I was at safe beds. They haven't changed.

Again, I'm fairly sure I told you what my requirements are, when I was at safe beds. Again, they haven't changed.

Any physical meeting would have to be in Hamilton as the difficulties involved in my travelling to Brampton preclude that as an option.

So, what you're saying is that you have nothing specific to offer, at present?

I have a long list of reasonable assumptions, about "social service" agencies, which have resulted in nothing but a long list of disappointments.

Other than having no medications or medical care, I'm, reasonably, safe until September, at which time I either have to commit suicide or a crime, which will allow me to live out the remainder of my life in prison.

As I said, any physical meeting would have to be in Hamilton. I'm available, pretty much, any time although mornings or early afternoons are preferable as I tend to become less functional later in the day.

Is Ave Roberts Paulette Vassell? If not, why do you mention her/him? The reason I've been copying Paulette is she's one of a very few people I had the sense actually gave a rat's ass.

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Aleef to ME 9 November, 2015
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I can appreciate your dilemma. Let me talk to Maryanne and see what we can do. I do remember a great deal of what you had mentioned to us at safe beds. I spoke with Maryanne and she has approved me to go to Hamilton to meet you at least for one visit. I am free this Friday to meet. Unfortunately my morning is already booked, but I can meet you around 1 or 130pm at the earliest?

At this time, I will have more information for you about the program and can try to answer any other questions that you may have.

If that time works for you, kindly provide me with the address I can reach you at. Is it a private accommodation?

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ME to Aleef 10 November, 2015
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I consider one or one-thirty "early afternoon".

As I said, though: "This is a four step process intended to minimize the likelihood of more of my time being wasted and me being "jerked around"...again."

For that reason, before I commit to spending time or effort meeting, I need you to answer my question: "What, exactly, are the eligibility criteria for this housing program?"

Also, if, as you said: "The assessment process requires four meetings. I know that is a lot, but it is a procedure of which I have no say over.", how is Maryanne approving you to come to Hamilton to meet me at least for one visit likely to be of any benefit to me?

Please, keep in mind that, because of my several experiences with them, i believe most "social service" agencies have no credibility and that I have good reason to be distrustful.

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Aleef to ME 10 November, 2015
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I hope you're staying dry through the wet weather. With regards to the eligibility criteria, this particular housing program is new and we are still developing it, however, I was able to get hold a few basic criteria:

16 years of age or older

Serious mental illness and/or problematic substance use

Homelessness or at risk of homelessness

Repeat emergency visits

To demonstrate a willingness to participate in and receive long term intensive case management (including goal and crisis planning and medication/treatment adherence)

To keep an open and flexible attitude geared towards change

My hope is that you will be willing to work with us around these. A starting point then would be to tell us what you are looking for around housing and what your treatment would look like while being housed with us. Your eligibility will be based on having a clear understanding of what your needs are.

Therefore, I would have to establish an assessment of needs. For instance, while you are housed, I would need to understand what your physical and mental health needs are. When we meet, I would have to collect this information. All I ask is your cooperation in this and a willingness to provide this information for us.

Please let me know if you have any further questions, otherwise, why don't we firm up a time and place to meet?

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ME to Aleef 11 November, 2015
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I've only had difficulty protecting myself, from weather, once; see attached.

The "social service" agencies, I've "worked with", have either done nothing but waste my time and aggravate me or have made my situation worse. Is there any reason I should think this would be any different?

Also, you didn't answer my question: "...how is Maryanne approving you to come to Hamilton to meet me at least for one visit likely to be of any benefit to me?"

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Aleef to ME 11 November, 2015
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You mentioned that in an appeal process with Good Sheppard, they questioned your ability to live independently and because of that you did not get housing and became (or continued to be) homeless. The difference with this is that you have a clean slate to demonstrate that you are in fact independent and are willing to cooperate. Both of which will influence the assessment process.

Maryanne has approved one visit on an exception basis. I cannot speak on her behalf regarding this decision. I do know that the Region of Peel is our catchment area and that we do not commute to cities outside of Peel.

So, how about we solidify a plan to meet then? I really need to know about this Friday as the day is drawing closer and is filling up.

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ME to Aleef 11 November, 2015
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I mentioned that, while I was at Good Shepherd, Hamilton Housing claimed I was unable to live independently, as reason for withdrawing their offer of housing. This was one of a few reasons they'd given; none of which had any validity and all of which were disproven.

I've already demonstrated that I am in fact independent and was willing to cooperate. Given the harm "social service" agencies have caused me and the lack of any benefit, I'd need a real good reason to continue to "cooperate" or even have anything further to do with them.

The "help" I received, from "social service" agencies in Peel, forced me to move out of the region, in order to survive.

If, as you say: four meetings are required and you're able to have only one meeting, I don't see what the point of that meeting would be. Please, clarify.

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Aleef to ME 11 November, 2015
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I am not calling doubt to whether you are independent or not. The fact that you have been prescreened and are at the top of the waitlist is a good thing and if we thought you were not capable of living independently at this point, you would not have been on the waitlist in the first place. In fact, you would have to demonstrate that you are not independent to have this application withdrawn; therefore I see no issue with that. As far as your willingness to cooperate, I have to be honest, I am a little concerned about this. I've been trying my best to answer as many questions as you've had to the best of my ability. You have shed doubt and scepticism every step of the way which I am confident you feel completely justified in; but nonetheless, I am trying to help you. The fact of the matter is, there will always be uncertainty and I cannot make any promises of housing until the assessment process is complete. We have to accept the possibility that things may or may not work out, but still give it a try nonetheless. I wish I could tell you that you are guaranteed a unit off the bat, but I cannot do that.

I require information to the best of your ability and as straightforward as possible. If you are willing to participate in this, we can set a meeting where you can tell me what it is you need along with housing. And if you get accepted, you will have a housing unit and continuous long term support while you reside there. Given your past experiences I know that you have had many road blocks, but I'm hoping that we can start with a clean slate because the information I need is quite simple and will make it easier for me to conduct my assessment and give the answers you and I are looking for.

Please let me know if you still wish to proceed. If you have further questions, I can answer them in person.

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ME to Aleef 11 November, 2015
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You're concerned about my willingness to cooperate?

As I said: I've cooperated, for years, with "social service" agencies and individuals, who claimed they wanted to "help" me. Most were useless, several were liars, a couple were malicious and none were helpful. Again, as I said: their "help" has adversely affected my situation, leaving me barely able to survive.

I've asked you, a few times, why I should think this time would be any different and have not received an answer. Add that it doesn't appear the four meetings, you say are required, are possible and I don't reside in your "catchment area".

I'd suggest that, if anyone has cause for concern, it's me.

I'll meet you at the McDonald's, King & Main (1268 King St E), in Hamilton, between 1:00 and 1:45 PM, this Friday. If you have a cell phone and give me the number, I'll call you, at 1:45 PM, in the event you haven't arrived.

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Aleef to ME 11 November, 2015
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I'll be there between those times. I do not as yet have a company cell phone, but rest assured, I'll make it there. By chance do you have a number I can call you at? If not it is alright.

Looking forward to seeing you again!

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ME to Aleef 11 November, 2015
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Attached is a picture of the building's Northeast corner. There are entrances on the North and West sides of the building.

I'll meet you at the West entrance; indicated by the yellow arrow, though not visible.

The cell phone suggestion was for your benefit; not mine. If you're delayed, you've gone to a fair bit of time and trouble for nothing; I've gone out for a coffee.

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Aleef to ME 11 November, 2015
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Sounds good, thanks for the picture.

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ME to Aleef 11 November, 2015
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Da nada; just trying to be helpful 8-þ

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Aleef to ME 11 November, 2015
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hahahaha

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Aleef to ME 13 November, 2015
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I've arrived at the McDonald's.

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Aleef to ME 16 November, 2015
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I just wanted to follow up and thank you for meeting with me on Friday. As promised, I spoke with Maryanne. Given the nature of your situation, we are able to accommodate your request to have the meetings in Hamilton. However, we will have to do this approximately once a month or once every few weeks. For one of the meetings, I will need to do an in home assessment, perhaps we can do this for the last assessment meeting?

If you are still interested, I propose Friday December 4 at 12:00pm for next meeting. Please let me know at your earliest convenience. I will be away all next week.

I look forward to hearing back from you.

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ME to Aleef 17 November, 2015
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My "request"? Interesting way of looking at it.

December 4 should be OK but, please, confirm, on the Wednesday or Thursday.

Extremely cold temperatures or icy conditions are significant risks, due to the cardiac, respiratory, mobility, vision and hearing issues. Lack of medications, functional corrective lenses and hearing aids exacerbates these risks beyond an acceptable level. Additionally, the depression worsens, during Winter, which increases my tendency to withdraw.

Before we consider a "home assessment", a level of trust, beyond that you'll show up on time, has to be established and I need to be convinced that there's going to be a tangible benefit, to me.

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Aleef to ME 17 November, 2015
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December 4th is a Friday. Is that day ok with you?

I'm more than happy to establish a level of trust, so we can discuss a home visit when you feel that that has been achieved.

Please advise on the meeting date, thanks.

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ME to Aleef 17 November, 2015
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I told you December 4 should be OK but that you should confirm on the Wed. or Thur.

My memory sucks, I lose notes I write to remind myself and it's not inconceivable that I'll be dead, by then.

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Aleef to ME 17 November, 2015
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Ah yes, sorry I misread. I'll confirm it then. In the meantime, I hope you'll be well and I look forward to seeing you.

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Aleef to ME 3 December, 2015
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I just wanted to confirm our appointment tomorrow: 12:00 at the same McDonald's.

As part of the assessment, I'd appreciate it if you could provide a list of your medications (I know you do not have drug coverage as yet) and their dosages, Birth certificate (or other identification), your rental amount (I think you said $700), a pay stub from CPP reflecting your benefits amount and three months banking statements. If you are not able to provide all these tomorrow, it's not a problem, we can always do it on the next assessment.

Looking forward to meeting you again.

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ME to Aleef 3 December, 2015
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should be OK

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Aleef to ME 7 December, 2015
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Further to our meeting on Friday, I'm just emailing to request the following four items:

1. Birth certificate (if you don't have it, a photo ID that can also confirm your birthdate)

2. Bank statements for the last three months

3. Rent receipt

4. The two letters that you showed me

I will get back to you at some point this week about the remaining number of assessment meetings.

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Aleef to ME 8 December, 2015
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I just wanted to quickly touch base regarding our next meeting as well as consent that we have on file. You had previously mentioned to me that you do not authorize consent to speak with your doctor. However, on file you have previously authorized SHIP consent to do so. Do you now wish to withdraw this consent? Please confirm your preference. In the meantime, I will NOT be contacting Dr. Kruger based on the verbal information you gave me during our first meeting.

Secondly, after speaking with Maryanne, we will have to proceed with the required four assessment meetings. I know that as the weather gets colder it will be difficult for you to meet me outside your home, I understand completely. I have us booked for January 5, 2016 at 12:00pm at McDonald's. If you are unable to make it due to increment weather, we can always reschedule to a better date.

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Aleef to ME 10 December, 2015
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I have some news regarding ODSP. I finally spoke with your Brampton worker – Paula Badenoch around getting you your drug card. Given the amount of time that has lapsed, you would have to reapply for ODSP. However, you will not have to do the full application that involves the doctors recommendations. She stated simply that it requires you to fill out the application, book an appointment and provide the follow:

Proof of CPP

Proof of rent

Three months banking statements

If you can provide those items, she states that it should take approximately two days and you will be back on ODSP with full drug coverage plus a few additional funds on top of your CPP amount. I asked about the file history and the allegations from before and she stated that the file has already been adjudicated and that you are once more eligible to apply exempt from providing medical proof of disability (as this has been previously established).

If the process works out , you can go to your local Hamilton office and within less than a week you could be receiving more money and have full drug benefits. However, she did state that if there is any other amount of funds you are receiving above CPP, you may not qualify. But I explained to her that you receive only 1000 from CPP and your rent is approximately 700 and on that basis she suggested you apply as soon as possible.

I understand that you are highly skeptical of social service agencies. With that being said, we can do this together if you move to Brampton. But should you feel inclined, present the aforementioned documents to ODSP (with a smile on your face: J ).

Also, just a gentle reminder that I'll need the following as well:

1. Birth certificate (if you don't have it, a photo ID that can also confirm your birthdate)

2. Bank statements for the last three months

3. Proof of CPP (I assume it will be in the bank statement)

4. Rent receipt

5. The two letters that you showed me

Thanks Chris, please confirm receipt of these emails.

I'll talk to you soon.

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Aleef to ME 10 December, 2015
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I just realized that I'm missing another important piece of information. I will need your full address including postal code. I'll talk to you soon.

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ME to Aleef 10 December, 2015
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In response to your e-mail messages of 7, 8 and two on 10 Dec., consider this confirmation "receipt of these emails".

I've attached scans of the two letters, from doctors Goel and Kruger, as I said I'd send them.

So far as anything else is concerned, aside from the difficulty I have functioning, due to the deterioration in my health and lack of medications, the "help" I've received, from "social service" agencies, including SHIP, over the past few years, has left me struggling to survive. Therefore, I'm having difficulty understanding why I'd continue attempting to obtain more of this "help"; especially, given I've done this exact same exercise, at least, twice.

So far as consent to speak with Ken's concerned; several "social service" agencies, including SHIP, have spoken with Ken, numerous times over the past few years. Cyril Honglin, at ODSP, half a dozen times, within a year, to obtain the same form, when there'd been no change. None of this has been of any benefit to Ken or myself. Additionally, thanks to the "help" I've received, I've been unable to see Ken, in more than a year, so any information he'd be able to provide would be non-current and, already on file. Much like the list of medications, I've been unable to obtain, in more than a year, that I spent more than an hour compiling, for you.

If you want to meet January 5, 2016 at 12:00pm at McDonald's, you'll have to confirm a couple of days before.

So far as ODSP is concerned, you really should the correspondence I have from and relating to them. They managed to cut my benefits off and close my file, without my assistance. I'm confident they could reverse their actions and compensate me for those actions, without my assistance, if they chose to. The only reason I'm "highly skeptical of social service agencies"; especially, ODSP is that they've lied, screwed me around for years, wasted my time and left me in much worse shape than I'd have been if I'd never become involved with them.

So far as your suggestion that I "move to Brampton" is concerned, please, detail exactly how you think that can happen.

"present the aforementioned documents to ODSP (with a smile on your face: J )" There are a few things I can think of that presenting to ODSP would put a smile on my face; "the aforementioned documents" are not among them.

I'm curious. Under what authority has my file "already been adjudicated"? Who requested the adjudication? Why was I not advised of the adjudication?

So far as your needing my full address is concerned; if and/or when I have any reason to believe giving you my full address would be of any benefit, to me, I'll do so.

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ME to Aleef 10 December, 2015
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Paragraph six should be: So far as ODSP is concerned, you really should READ the correspondence...

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Aleef to ME 10 December, 2015
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Thanks for the reply. I'll email you a couple days before January 5 to confirm. I will likely touch base before that anyhow. I understand your issue with ODSP. I just thought I'd email you what I found out today that's all. I don't know who adjudicated your file. This is simply the word Paula used with me but did not elaborate. The message I took home from that is that you are eligible to reapply and that whatever issue was in the past is no longer an issue at present. One thing she did add, was that should you apply and get reapproved, your benefits would kick in at present and not retroactively. If you have any more specific questions, you would have to speak with ODSP or relay them to me to ask if you wish.

Looking forward to meeting again!

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ME to Aleef 10 December, 2015
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You have some idea of my issue with ODSP. If you were aware of all the details, you might understand it.

At least, half a dozen people have spoken with ODSP, on my behalf. All have been, demonstrably, lied to. None have resolved the problem of ODSP acting maliciously toward me.

How was I ever not "eligible" for ODSP benefits?

You didn't ask what the "issue was in the past"?

I see no need or reason why I should "reapply". Of course, I see no reason why I was cut off.

I, also, see no reason to speak with ODSP as they've screwed me around for years and, continually, lied through their teeth. Why would this time be any different?

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Aleef to ME 11 December, 2015
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Feel free to send me any documents outlining your experiences with ODSP as I no doubt am sure you have plenty. I also don't doubt you have always been eligible and fully trust your word with or without explanation of the past.

I'm simply relaying what Paula had mentioned to me and based on what she was saying, it sounded like there was a certainty around receiving funds as long as your income from CPP is no more than what I told her and the same with your rent. Whether or not what she was saying is true I really don't know. She seemed nice enough over the phone and to her it appeared to be a no-brainer that you should reapply; in fact she insisted. However, she may also be naïve around previous circumstances and people involved. In any case, it's entirely up to you Chris, I'll support any decision you make.

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ME to Aleef 11 December, 2015
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I'm not about to scan hundreds of pages when, based on experience, there's unlikely to be any benefit to me from doing so.

I don't need "support"; I need HELP!!!

I don't care what ODSP says; ODSP LIES!!!

You and Paula may lose a bit of your naïveté and gain a better understanding, reading goo.gl/girMrq goo.gl/Jqqa2y and goo.gl/91Yi74

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Aleef to ME 30 December, 2015
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I just wanted to confirm our appointment this January 5 at 12pm (pending reasonable weather conditions)? Please let me know on January 4 if you will still be able to meet.

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Aleef to ME 31 December, 2015
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I just wanted to also remind you that I require the following for our assessment:

1. Rent receipt

2. Three months banking statements (must show your name, address, account number)

3. CPP pay stub (I think you mentioned you did not have this, so the bank statement should suffice)

4. Identification

5. Any other health records you feel are relevant (those two letters you showed me last time as well)

Looking forward to meeting you again!

Chris, I wish you a healthy and happy 2016 and hope this year will be bring with it positive changes in your life.

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ME to Aleef 31 December, 2015
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Again, if you want to meet on the 5TH, it'd be best for you to confirm on the 4TH.

Also again, before I go to any amount of trouble or spend any money, you're going to have to tell me:
1) EXACTLY what benefit there is to me
2) EXACTLY what's required, to obtain that benefit

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Aleef to ME 31 December, 2015
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No problem Chris,

I can confirm my attendance for January 5th right now. If you are not able to make it due to weather, it is up to you to let me know that you cannot.

1. The benefit to you is you can potentially receive housing. I realize that you are asking for absolutes, but I cannot promise you anything over email. I can give you absolutes in writing after the fourth assessment is complete however.

2. What you need to get there is to give me the information I am asking you for including on our fourth assessment an in-home meeting.

The factors that I must assess for is whether or not you require intensive case management, are willing to receive intensive case management and whether you are at risk of homelessness. The latter can be for a variety of reasons, most commonly rent vs. income usually suffices to establish an individual at risk of homelessness. Other risk factors may include physical or mental health symptoms which also suffice in terms of intensive case management. I know that you are underserved and would benefit from additional support. I need to understand if you require intensive case management as opposed to regular case management (the latter would have you seen by a worker perhaps once per month; while intensive case management would be weekly).

I understand your reluctance in trusting in the process and I appreciate your cooperation thus far. Please bear with me during this time. I am optimistic and hopeful that it will go in a positive direction.

I hope that helps on some level Chris.

Once again I look forward to meeting you next week on Tuesday.

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ME to Aleef 31 December, 2015
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Perhaps, "remind" would've been a better word than "confirm".

You should understand that, thanks in large part to the "help" I've received, I have difficulty keeping track of days and remembering, from one day to the next.

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Aleef to ME 4 January, 2016
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Looking at the weather for tomorrow, it seems that it will be quite cold outside. Did you wish to reschedule? Looking at the forecast, Wednesday seems to be a milder day. Did you want to switch the appointment time to 12:00pm on Wednesday, or did you wish to continue with tomorrows appointment?

Please let me know what you would prefer or if you have another suggested time.

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ME to Aleef 4 January, 2016
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Wed., a bit milder; -5 vs -8. Thur. or Fri. +2 and +3, preferable.

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Aleef to ME 4 January, 2016
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Sounds good Chris.

I'll reschedule my Friday appointments and slot you in!

See you soon and stay warm!

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Aleef to ME 8 January, 2016
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I just wanted to confirm that I'll be there at 12:00 pm today. See you soon!

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Aleef to ME 8 January, 2016
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Just a gentle reminder to bring the following:

1. Three months bank statements (that have your name and address on them)

2. Rent receipt

3. Identification

4. Any other useful health records you may have

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Aleef to ME 8 January, 2016
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Running 15-20 mins late

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Aleef to ME 18 January, 2016
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When you have the chance can you please send me the rent receipt and three months bank statements? I need both in their entirety without any fields blocked out (ie. Account balance). You can send the statements to me as PDF's downloadable for free through TD online banking for up to three months. Or you can print them out for our next meeting.

These documents are essential for the rent geared to income part of our assessment process.

Whenever you are ready, why don't we do an in-home meeting?

Thanks Chris and I'll talk to you soon.

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Aleef to ME 25 January, 2016
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I didn't hear back from you then. When you get the chance, please send me those documents, I'd appreciate it. If you are still taking time to think about it, no problem, just let me know.

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Aleef to ME 3 February, 2016
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I just wanted to follow up regarding our next appointment and required documentation. Are you still interested in moving forward with the application?

Please advise.

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ME to Aleef 4 February, 2016
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For years, I attempted to obtain assistance from numerous "social service" agencies and "social workers", including SHIP and yourself.

The majority of these "social service" agencies and "social workers" were useless; the remainder worse.

The "help" I've received has had devastating effects on my health, financial and personal situations.

I would've been much better off had I not gotten involved with any of them.

Since you contacted me, in November of last year, you've given no indication that you're likely to be of any more benefit, to me, than you have in the past.

This in spite of my having gone to the time, trouble, effort and expense of meeting with you, on three occasions.

In fact, your comments, regarding ODSP, and your telling me that you're unable to assist me in obtaining medications, which you know were prescribed for life-threatening conditions, because you're "too busy", suggests you are not.

Additionally, there's the matter of trust.

Some of the "social service" agencies and "social workers", I've dealt with, including Little Brothers of The Good Shepherd, Hamilton Housing, Legal Aid Ontario, ODSP have, demonstrably, lied through their teeth.

You expect me to trust you with my personal and financial information but are unwilling to trust me with your cell phone number?

For the past few weeks, I've been having a difficult time; more so, due to the lack of medication.

At present, I'm unable to engage in the silly, little games you people play.

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Aleef to ME 4 February, 2016
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My cell phone number is 647-625-nnnn.

We have one more meeting and all I require are those documents and an in home visit to conclude the assessment. I'm so sorry you haven't been keeping well. I am more than willing to assist with getting you ODSP. With the housing comes case management and that would be the first thing I would address if you want me to. Please advise what you are willing to do next.

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ME to Aleef 8 February, 2016
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You still haven't responded to my e-mail message of 6 November, 2015:
I have no reason to believe this "possibility" is any less illusory than the others, which pursuing has caused me wind up in the situation I find myself.

Even if it weren't and "affordable" housing were actually made available, I don't see how, at this point, I'd be able to "take advantage" of it.

I'd have been keeping a hell of a lot better if I'd gotten a bit of help, when I requested it; you being "sorry" changes nothing.

Were you not willing to assist with getting me ODSP in 2013? I had ODSP and you haven't even gotten a plausible explanation as to why I was cut off. Why would I think you'd be any more effective now than you have been?

I've dealt with several "case managers"; the only thing they've managed is to make my case worse.

At this point, even if the ODSP benefits were restored it wouldn't do me much good.

I'm willing to listen to a detailed explanation of how you and SHIP will be of benefit to me and why I should rely on anything you say.

Is the number, you gave me, your cell phone number or the number of a cell phone supplied to you by SHIP?

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Aleef to ME 8 February, 2016
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This is my cell phone number provided to me by SHIP and you can contact me on it anytime during business hours.

The Housing in Place program offers subsidized housing along with Intensive Case Management intended to help you with any needs or goals that are identified. I cannot promise you I will be as effective now than in the past, but I will try my best to make a positive change in your life.

If you still wish to move forward, I will need the required documentation (the past three months bank statements and a rent receipt) by our next meeting.

Please let me know when you are free.

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ME to Aleef 8 February, 2016
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My purpose, in asking for your cell phone number, was to see if you trusted me with it.

I could contact you, at any time, on your cell phone.

Identifying my needs and goals to SHIP, including yourself, more than two years ago, only exacerbated my situation.

I'm free, pretty much, any time but unable to do much, most of it.

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Aleef to ME 8 February, 2016
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I have no reason not to trust you. Yes, please contact me any time you wish. If I'm off work you can still call and leave a message. Are you ready to go ahead with an in-home visit?

Please let me know.

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ME to Aleef 8 February, 2016
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You still haven't told me why I should trust either SHIP or yourself, how you think I'd be able to take advantage of a genuine offer of affordable housing or your cell phone number.

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Aleef to ME 8 February, 2016
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I couldn't give you a reason to trust us, but just know that I'm trying my best to make this process as seamless as I can. We have housed many other individuals most of whom are happy with their current level of service. By way of earning your trust, that's the best I can give you right now.

While there has not yet been an offer of housing, I will be able to complete the assessment of eligibility after we finish our fourth meeting together. Once the assessment has been completed you will be notified promptly thereafter.

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ME to Aleef 8 February, 2016
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You expect me to disregard my own experience and trust that you'll help me because you say you've helped many other individuals?

That makes sense, to you, does it?

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Aleef to ME 8 February, 2016
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In all honesty Chris, I don't think that there is anything I could say or do to help you trust us without going outside our company policies and procedures.

So far it has been three meetings, there is one more, after that I will have everything I need to begin completing the assessment.

If you wish to discuss this further we can do so over the phone or when we meet in person.

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ME to Aleef 8 February, 2016
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So, SHIP has a policy or procedure prohibiting employees from giving people a reason to trust them?

Does SHIP, also, have a policy or procedure prohibiting employees from giving people an explanation of how their suggestions or offers could be implemented?

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Aleef to ME 8 February, 2016
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The eligibility for housing is based on a couple factors. The first one is risk of homelessness and need for subsidized housing. For instance, should you be at risk of homelessness and/or be in need of subsidized housing (based on rent vs. income), you would fulfill the first criteria. The second major criteria is to demonstrate that you need Intensive Case Management; that is, to be seen at least once per week in order to be able to successfully assist you. Finally, we also assess an individual's willingness to cooperate in their treatment.

I have explained these to you before.

If you have any additional questions that we have not as yet addressed, lets address them during our next meeting or you can call me.

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ME to Aleef 8 February, 2016
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Your response is non sequitur.

Let's assume that, in spite of my experiences and your inability to provide any reason I should, I were to trust you.

Exactly, how do you think I could move to any housing SHIP might offer, knowing the physical condition and financial situation the "help" I've received, from "social service" agencies (including SHIP), has left me in?

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Aleef to ME 9 February, 2016
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Good morning Chris,

I thought my response was pretty good! J

Let's make a plan to meet or you can call me to discuss this further.

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ME to Aleef 9 February, 2016
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I've noticed that delusions of adequacy seem common among SSW 8-þ

Apparently, you haven't noticed the difficulties I have getting around and hearing.

Please, refer to the letters you requested, from Drs. Goel and Kruger, outlining some of my medical problems.

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Aleef to ME 10 February, 2016
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When you are ready let me know when I can come for a fourth visit.

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ME to Aleef 10 February, 2016
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"ready"? For what?

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Aleef to ME 10 February, 2016
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I really cannot continue with so many emails. I'm eager to complete the assessment, but in spite of numerous attempts asking you I've not been successful in securing a date to meet with you. If you are interested in finishing your assessment, please let me know. I'm placing your file on hold until you can confirm a date to meet.

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ME to Aleef 11 February, 2016
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I've asked you, several times, for a reason I should trust you; also, how SHIP and/or you are likely to be of any more benefit to me, now, than you or any of the numerous other "social service" agencies and "workers", I've wasted years attempting to obtain help from, have been.

The only answer you've given, that's even close to "straight-forward", is: you don't think that there is anything you could say or do to help me trust you.

Do you want to add anything, before this is posted?

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Aleef to ME 11 February, 2016
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I really don't know what to tell you to help you trust me. I'd hope on some level my constant attempts to reach out to you and willingness to drive to Hamilton on my own accord would factor in to your assessment of trust. Trust can also be in the intentions. You are asking for a guarantee for housing which I cannot give you until I finish the assessment. If you are linking that to trust, then no – you cannot trust me yet. If you are linking trust to a willingness and sincere desire to want to help you with the possibility that it may turn out favourably, then yes you can trust me.

At this point, post what you wish, it is your right to do so.

Your file is on hold until such time you decide to recommence the assessment of eligibility. If you are discontinuing the assessment process, please let me know and I will close the file.

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ME to Aleef 11 February, 2016
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You're deflecting. At this point, trust isn't the issue.

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Aleef to ME 11 February, 2016
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I already answered your question by stating that Community Service Movers can assist, I'll gladly make those arrangements for you including booking your elevator with SHIP Housing. Moving logistics is a bridge we will cross once approval is established. Please, let's first get to that point. I know this is frustrating for you and I haven't lost sight of that fact; which is why I'd like to finish this as soon as possible so I'm not constantly bugging you for more information.

Let me know ok?

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ME to Aleef 12 February, 2016
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Please, cut the crap; having to deal with it is exhausting.

Presumably, you're bright enough to realize that a vague assurance: "Community Service Movers can assist" is NOT an answer to my question.

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Aleef to ME 12 February, 2016
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This is just a gentle reminder that your file is on hold. If you wish to further our correspondence, kindly send me your dates of availability so I can remove the hold status and we can speak one to one. I will no longer be answering questions over email unless they pertain to your bank statements, rent receipt or a meeting date.

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