Terry Williton considers himself lucky. After renting a vermin-infested dump for years, he, his wife and daughter were offered a social housing unit.

“It was a miracle call,” Williton recalled Thursday.

The 64-year-old, now a widower, says he and his daughter, 30, scrape by on their combined Ontario Disability Support Program payments and a little bit of Canada Pension.

“If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t be able to do it,” says Williton, noting they pay $715 a month for a rent-geared-to-income unit on East Avenue. He receives about $1,000 a month.