PEI People First

PEI People First is a self-advocacy organization that sticks up for the rights of adults with intellectual disabilities, and creates awareness of issue affecting us. We have been active across PEI for 25 years.

We don’t need any more group homes built. People with intellectual disabilities have never asked for group homes or segregated homes. They have been created for us. We want to live, like everyone else in apartments in the community – independently with the supports we need.

Most of us live on very small incomes and we can’t afford the rents which landlords are asking for. This means that sometimes we get stuck in an institution or other facilities where we do not have independence. Sometimes we have to live in rooming houses where there is no privacy, no dignity and the rent is still high.

This situation has existed for years – and has been growing worse over time.

Sometimes we have to live in rooming houses where there is no privacy, no dignity

We are mostly single or in a couple without children. We have never qualified for public housing because of the government’s policy of focusing on seniors and families with children. This must change.

The government needs to build more social housing across PEI. When I say social housing  - I mean publicly or non-profit-owned apartments with rents-geared-to income.

Revenue Canada’s numbers show that most people living on a small income in PEI are single, yet we are excluded from social housing. We live in poverty which affects our health and everything.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities says that we should have the right to choose where we live and who we want to live with.  The PEI Government should ensure that its housing policies guarantee us our rights.

Goals

  • We want to live with privacy and dignity in our own homes.
  • We want to reduce the number of people with intellectual disabilities automatically placed in group homes.
  • We want the government to expand their acceptance policy for public housing to include people with intellectual disabilities.
  • We want the government to increase public housing construction.