By Kevin Woodhouse
According to Centraide, someone is considered to be poor or living below the poverty line if more than 63 per cent of their monthly income is spent on lodging, food and clothing.
For at least half a million residents within the Greater Montreal area, this is their reality. The non-profit organization has determined that one out of every four people on the island of Montreal lives below the poverty line.
For example, a single mother who has 40 hours of employment every week at minimum wage lives below the poverty line as single parent families make up almost a third of all those who live in poverty.
Centraide has deduced that a single person who lives on less than $1,531 a month or $1,863 for a single mother and child as both cases, it costs between 40 per cent to almost 80 per cent of their salaries for rent and food.
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