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Allocations to RPAs: non-profit residences in the East hardly affected

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The Fédération des OSBL d’habitation du Bas-Saint-Laurent, de la Gaspésie et des Îles lists 128 RPAs in the territory it covers. (Archive photo)

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The Fédération des NPOs d'habitation du Bas-Saint-Laurent, de la Gaspésie et des Îles (FOHBGI) welcomes the personalized allocations to private residences for the elderly (RPA) announced Tuesday by the Legault government, even if few repercussions are to be expected for the residences that the federation represents.

Overall aid of $200 million over five years will be granted to RPAs. Those for profit or not, which have no more than 30 dwellings and which offer personal assistance or nursing care services, will be able to benefit from the allowance.

The affected establishments will receive a fixed monthly allowance, depending on the needs of residents.

But in the territory covered by the FOHBGI, from La Pocatière to the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, less than ten non-profit RPAs are eligible for these allocations, estimates the president of the board of directors, Gervais Darisse.

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Gervais Darisse is also the mayor of Saint-André-de -Kamouraska. (File photo)

There are 128 RPAs in Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie and the Islands, including 63 NPOs that are members with us and of that, there are around ten that are category 3 and the rest are ;is category 1. Of those which are category 3, there are two or three which have more than 30 housing units, specifies Mr. Darisse.

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The different categories ofRPA and their services

Category 1 – Autonomous non-profit strong>

Category 2 – Autonomous for-profit

Category 3 – Semi-autonomous with or without profit

Category 4 – Semi-autonomous with or without profit

Tuesday's announcement therefore affects category 3 and 4 RPAs.

Mr. Darisse would have liked this financial assistance to concern all non-profit residences, regardless of their category.

Housing non-profit organizations generate very little income from their farms and employees are generally paid fairly modest salaries, so there are needs and it's difficult to close budgets, he explains.

The non-profit sector is there to provide services. It is financial aid for services, not to make a profit.

A quote from Gervais Darisse, president of the board of directors of FOHBGI

Quebec indicates that this measure also aims to curb the current wave of RPA closures.

It gives a glimmer of hope, it gives a little breath to the smaller residences, which were more threatened with closure, mentions Mr. Darisse on this point.

He still hopes that the Minister responsible for Seniors, Sonia Bélanger, will expand this financial assistance to support all non-profit RPAs, notwithstanding its number of housing units.

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