MONTREAL, Oct. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Speaking at the Old Brewery Mission
Annual General Meeting yesterday, Board President, Ron Lawless highlighted
support for the Provincial government's recent launch of a Framework on
Homelessness. Still, he declared that "While it is a step in the right
direction, the challenges and needs are there right now."
Lawless emphasised that, while many might think that homelessness
receives substantial attention from the Québec Government, its financial
contribution to the Old Brewery Mission amounts to just 20% of the total
budget. At the same time that shelters in Toronto receive $61 per bed per
night from their provincial government, the Old Brewery Mission must settle
for only $12 and still offer the same services. "This situation is intolerable
and cannot continue." Lawless went on to say.
For more than 100 years, the Old Brewery Mission has soothed the
isolation, fear, hunger and fatigue associated with the reality of
homelessness. With the development of its transition programs, more than
500 men and women have succeeded in getting out of homelessness and into more
stable and autonomous lives.
"It is very important to understand that the lack of appropriate funds
could very easily put in jeopardy these programs" declared Matthew Pearce, OBM
Director General. "With colder weather to come, the government needs to act
right away to ensure that the organizations on the front line against
homelessness can handle the volume of needs that are out."
Old Brewery Mission programs have demonstrated their capacity not only to
soothe homelessness but to solve it as well.
About the Old Brewery Mission
Founded in 1889, the Old Brewery Mission has long offered homeless men
and women in Montréal emergency shelter, meals, clean clothing. In the past
couple of years, it has implemented programs to help clients to get off the
streets. Transition programs and social housing alternatives have helped
hundreds to achieve greater stability and autonomy as they rebuild their
lives. Today, the Old Brewery Mission is the largest shelter for men in Québec
and the largest shelter for homeless women in Canada.
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