Ottawa is providing financial assistance of $ 56.8 million to the City of Montreal to support the rapid implementation of 12 social housing projects on its territory, which represents 263 housing units.
The Government of Quebec, for its part, is committed to financing the rent supplement for certain projects provided for in this announcement for 20 years. Thanks to this assistance, eligible tenants will pay only 25% of their income for housing.
This financial assistance was announced Thursday morning during a virtual press conference attended by federal and provincial politicians, as well as the mayoress of Montreal.
“These investments will make it possible to provide a large-scale and short-term response to the acute needs of populations in a situation of homelessness or in very precarious residential situations, many of which do not fit into the usual housing programs. More than ever, it is essential that every citizen can live with a roof over their head, ”said Mayor Valérie Plante, who has long asked for increased funding for social housing.
For example, federal funds will allow the Chez Doris organization to build 22 housing units for racialized or aboriginal women victims of violence, on a former tourist site, explained Mr.me Plant.
Another successful project will provide 60 rooms and studios in an abandoned building for seniors at risk of homelessness, she said.
The first projects will be ready to be inhabited by spring 2022, assured Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing of Quebec.
“The commitment we are making today represents an estimated sum of over 23.5 million, in the area of large cities,” she said.
“Every Canadian and every Quebecer has the right to have a safe and affordable place to live. Too often, people have to make an impossible choice between paying the rent or the groceries, ”admitted Ahmed Hussen, Federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, stressing that cities were on the front line for fight COVID-19.