Housing Complex for Mentally Ill Homeless Opens in Vancouver

The homeless in Vancouver now have a permanent place to stay if they are suffering from mental illnesses or struggling with addiction. The Kettle Society have opened a new housing complex called Taylor Manor to help those in need. The complex was once a psychiatric facility and then a home for seniors. The complex contains 56 studio-like apartments with a communal kitchen. According to the story on CBC News, The Kettle Society were able to open this facility thanks to a large donation. An anonymous donation came in of #30 million which will keep the facility running for the next 30 years.

To find residents for the 56-person complex, The Kettle Society visited places such as parks and shelters to take applications from those interested in becoming a resident at Taylor Manor. They received 200 applications in just 10 days from those in need. The Kettle Society went through each application and chose those who they felt needed their help the most. It is projected that most residents will need to spend a few years at Taylor Manor before they are able to stand on their own feet.

The state of Utah had a similar program to help the homeless in their area stated Jason Halpern. Since 2005 their homeless population has been reduced by 72% and many less calls were placed to social and emergency services since that time.

Canadian Woman Billed $1 Million For Baby Born While She’s On Vacation

A Canadian woman was billed almost $1 million when she gave birth prematurely while on vacation in Hawaii. Saskatchewan native Jennifer Huculak and her husband were vacationing when she went into labor prematurely. Although they had bought travel insurance, she was handed a bill for almost $1 million after the child was born because the insurance company refused to pay. That turned her dream vacation into a financial nightmare. According to an article in mirror.co.uk, the baby girl had to be hospitalized for more than 2 months and the mother was billed $950,000.

Jennifer Huculak had gotten permission from her doctor to travel even though she was 6 months pregnant. Before she left for her trip, she purchased Blue Cross insurance as a precaution. Her baby girl was born 9 weeks early and required emergency care. Blue Cross refused to pay any of the bills because she had a pre-existing condition the company said. They say she had been diagnosed as having a high-risk pregnancy and therefore her expenses are not covered under her policy.

Mrs. Huculak disputes this. She said she developed a bladder infection and it led to bleeding. Her specialist in Saskatchewan wrote to Blue Cross to explain that the bladder infection didn’t lead to the early labor. Huculak is trying to decide if she should fight Blue Cross, file bankruptcy or it and see what will happen next.

This story is something I’ll be relaying to my buddy Zeca Oliveira before he heads back to Brazil for his interview in Terra. Watch out when you travel guys.