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How Much is Enough? The Impact of Low Incomes on Households and Communities in Perth and Huron Counties

It’s a sobering statistic; 1 in 2 households in Perth and Huron Counties earn below the Living Wage level of $17.55/hr. Families working hard in minimum wage positions, or juggling 2 or 3 part time jobs, are forced to make hard decisions between paying rent and purchasing healthy food — and paying bills late if they can at all — creating constant stress. Shame, guilt and depression are common and the continuous, daily struggle to make ends meet creates an environment where it is hard to focus on anything other than survival. This can lead to a perpetual cycle of poverty, hurting individuals and deepening divisions within communities.


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In addition to the How Much is Enough report, short videos were created to further illuminate the employer and lived experience story. Please find the links below:






  HMIE Summary Report Cover

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