Homelessness: new measures for cohabitation in Montreal

New initiatives to help businesses, residents and homeless people coexist in the Place Dupuis, Village and Old Montreal sectors were announced Thursday, during a virtual consultation session. organized by the borough of Ville-Marie.

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Deploying a cohabitation brigade, increasing the police presence, setting up an operational monitoring committee or even a cleaning brigade are among the various measures that have been adopted.

“Being sensitive to the issues of cohabitation, especially in the Village and Old Montreal, it was essential for us to adjust the measures put in place, whether with vulnerable people, residents or traders ( e) s ”, declared in a press release Robert Beaudry, city councilor in the district of Saint-Jacques.

The new action plan also includes initiatives to improve service at the Place Dupuis hotel, which was transformed into a shelter for people experiencing homelessness at the beginning of November.

“Different solutions are being considered to speed up entry to the hotel and thus reduce the queue. Everything must be done in accordance with health and safety measures for all, ”said the City of Montreal’s Commissioner for Homelessness, Serge Lareault in a press release.

A winter respite will also be open at the Grand Quai of the Port of Montreal, in order to improve the supply of daytime resources.

“With all of our employees, we are redoubling our efforts to find solutions to emerging issues,” added Sonia Bélanger, CEO of the CIUSSS du Center-Sud de l’Île-de-Montréal.

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