The Old Brewery Mission: pleased that Homeless is under the carrying guide by Commission



    MONTREAL, Oct. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - It's in Montréal that members of the
Parliamentary Commission have met the Québec' organisms that offers services
to homeless people. That meeting is the first milestone for the elaboration of
the Québec Homelessness Framework launched last week with the Health and
Social services Minister, Dr Yves Bolduc. "I am very pleased that I have been
able to present and submit recommendations in order to counter increasing
problems of homeless that we are facing everyday" declared Matthew Pearce,
Director General of the Old Brewery Mission. The Old Brewery Mission is
Quebec's largest service for homeless men and Canada's largest for homeless
women.
    The Old Brewery Mission has an expending tradition of care and compassion
in soothing Homelessness. For several years, the Old Brewery Mission offers
programs in order to help men and women to get off the streets and improve
their lifestyles. "We can help move our customers off the streets rapidly,
stabilize their condition and do not remain homeless for long enough to
normalize that reality and become comfortable and socialized to it" Pearce
says. That is part of our work to solve homeless"
    Among recommendations supported by the three organisms the Mission Bon
Acueil, the Maison du Père and the Old brewery Mission, we find the immediate
establishment of a Homeless Action Team to guide efforts of the Quebec
Homeless Framework, to establish short, mid and long term objectives and to
report regularly to the Assemblée nationale to obtain a government decision to
increase funds immediately for the three main shelters offering emergency
services.

    "We need to recognize that during homeless studies are done, the needs
and goals are always there ! The need to act are essential today, in a very
short term" mentionned Matthew Pearce. The province provides just 20% of the
annual budget of the Old Brewer Mission, which amounts to about $12 per bed
per night, while similar shelters in Toronto receive over $60. "We are only
seeking $27 per bed per night for our government," Pearce says. "with the cold
weather coming, the needs will grow. We know this without the benefit of the
framework. We will need the funds to cope positively with the demand."
    The actual programs have demonstrated that we could do more than soothing
homelessness but also more important, to solve it.

    ABOUT THE OLD BREWERY MISSION:

    Founded in 1889, the Old Brewery Mission provides homeless Montreal
adults with meals, overnight shelter, transitional residence, clothing and
services in an atmosphere of caring and respect. We support and assist our
clientele to leave homelessness and to gain greater stability and autonomy and
build more mainstream lives.




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(514) 893-2541


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