MONTREAL, June 9, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The moving period is approaching and Russell Copeman, member of the Montréal Executive Committee, responsible for housing, today announced that the city is, again this year, implementing measures to help low-income households who will be without a home as of July 1. Montrealers who have reason to believe that they will be without a home as of July 1 may call the referral service help line at 514 868-4002 for assistance in finding housing.
Although the July-1 period emergency situation is not as severe as in the early 2000s, we understand that families who find themselves without a home can go through hardship. The referral service will step up its efforts between June 9 and July 4 to help households in need find a home. Large affordable housing units are scarce, and this service is aimed especially at low-income households who will be without a home this moving period. We urge them to call the help line for assistance," said Mr. Copeman.
In 2013, between mid-June and mid-July, 18 households received assistance from the city and its partners, the same number as in summer 2012 for the same period. The city administration works closely with the Office municipal d'habitation de Montréal and with community and humanitarian organizations, including Sun Youth, to provide temporary lodging to households without a home and to make sure that no one is left out on the street on July 1.
Although the situation has improved significantly, it is still difficult for vulnerable households to find large, low-rent housing in the city. Montréal continues to promote the development of affordable housing, including social and community units. Since 2002, more than 15,200 housing units of this type have been developed in Montréal.
SOURCE: Ville de Montréal - Cabinet du maire et du comité exécutif
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