The ``I Count MTL`` project
by annelaurenceb on April 21, 2015 - 7:16am
The task of counting all the homeless people in one city is something that may seem impossible and hard to achieve. However, as it was explained in the article Sue Montgomery: My night counting Montreal's 'residentially unstable' written by Sue Montgomery and published on March 27, 2015 in the Montreal Gazette, on March 24th, 2015 there was a couple of hundreds of volunteers that showed up and went in the streets of Montreal to count the people that did not have a shelter for that night. This gesture demonstrates the generosity of the population when they were asked to contribute and participate in this project. The journalist of the article tells that her experience was very particular and that she was glad she could participate.
Everyone that wanted to help was put in a group and they had to cover a specific territory in the city. During that night, the volunteers would be in their small groups and try to approach different people in the streets or even in the metro that did not seem to have a place to stay during the night. If they were cooperative, they would ask them some questions regarding their condition and the help they are receiving from the city, the government or particular organizations. This interesting project was found to be very innovator according to some individuals. The project had been put forward by the YMCAs and support by the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. It is a project amongst many other that will follow according to the Montreal’s action plan regarding homelessness.
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