Homelessness in Montreal

by annelaurenceb on Mars 16, 2015 - 11:34pm

As published in the Montreal Gazette on March 5th, 2015 in an article called “Quebec renews $9-million investment to fight poverty” written by the journalist Geoffrey Vendeville, the Quebec government decided to renew its investment of 9 million against poverty but also social exclusion in the city of Montreal. They first wanted to reduce that budget but after many discussions they decided to give it again this year. Last year, this amount of money helped an estimation of 350,000 people in need. Even though this year Quebec finally decided to renew the money it was giving to this cause, it is still unsure of what will happen next year, and this is a problem since this issue is one that needs constant support and that cannot be solved in a year only.

This issue is hard to improve since it is hard to count the number of people that are living in poverty and the last count have been made a long time ago in 1996-1997. However, this spring there was a group of students, supported by the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Research Centre, the YMCAs of Quebec and others, that went in the streets to make an attempt at counting the number of individuals living in the streets.

The Little Burgundy Coalition is a coalition of many non-profit organizations in the region of Montreal that help the cause of poverty and they were extremely relieved to hear about the renewal of the budget which helps them a lot. One organization that is in the Little Burgundy Coalition is the Welcome Hall Mission, a place where homeless and people in need receive help in many ways to reintegrate the society. There are many volunteer opportunities at the Welcome Hall Mission, such as helping with the Food Bank or working at their boutique of used clothes. To have more information about those different opportunities, you can visit their website (http://www.welcomehallmission.com/en#.VQeaY_ldWSo) and contact them, they usually answer very clearly and quickly.

In conclusion, this issue needs to be taken seriously since being homeless in Montreal is a challenge that is even greater in the winter when people that do not have a shelter need to live outside in the freezing cold.