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Thank you for your question.
How much in total are you getting monthly?
You were not supposed to pay rent when you were getting the $850.
They gave your more now because they do believe you are paying rent to your parents.
But before you call them you should speak to your parents because you can pay them the shelter allowance for room and board and then keep the higher amount and they do not have to pay tax on the rent because you are a blood relative.
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Is there anything more I can help you with at this point in time?
Here is something to read:http://www.ronmalis.com/odsp-is-not-a-measure-of-last-resort/
And what I suggest is that you or someone calling for you anonymously ask these questions of a staff member who works at ODSP.
You can also ask a lawyer at your local legal aid clinic.
That is not quite true. I have called them myself.
You do not have to identify yourself.
You just don't call about your case.
You call and say you are just asking for some general information for a friend.
People call every day to ask for general information.
I found you a site where someone explains the law clearly in lay person terms and you should read that.
The Act is to hard for a layperson to understand.
It is not just for rent. It is for lodging and that is where you get room and board (food bought and prepared for you) so there is no one specific amount for rent.
Your mother can call but has to say she simply has a general information and needs some basic information and that is is not about a specific case.
This post has been going on for a long time so I want to try and wrap it up.