Valérie Plante promises to double funding dedicated to homelessness in Montreal

The outgoing mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, promises to double the budget of the City allocated to homelessness, increasing it from 3 to 6 million dollars per year to finance in particular housing and emergency accommodation sites, and support community organizations.

The outgoing mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, also called on the provincial government to make homelessness a

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The outgoing mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, also called on the provincial government to make homelessness a “priority” (archives).

The head of Projet Montréal made the announcement Monday morning at Parc du Portugal, on the Plateau-Mont-Royal.

We are a few blocks from rue Milton and de Parc, where the situation is no longer sustainable.”Said Ms. Plante. I would even say that we are experiencing a humanitarian crisis.»

The pandemic has dramatically increased needs across the cityShe added.

In front of this situation, we can no longer support people by piecemeal measures», According to the mayor. It does not work.»

She therefore promised to double the annual budget dedicated to homelessness in Montreal, which will increase from three to six million dollars per year, for a total of 24 million dollars over four years if she is re-elected for a second term.

To compare, the budget of the Police Department of the City of Montreal (SPVM) stands at more than $ 679 million in 2021, up $ 14.4 million compared to 2020. And Projet Montréal has promised to increase funding even more in a second term.

The money promised by Ms. Plante in terms of homelessness will be used to support community organizations to allow them to have better financial predictabilityShe said.

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The outgoing mayor has also pledged to fund 300 housing units per year for people experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless»And to support the establishment of additional emergency accommodation sites open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including one culturally adapted for Indigenous people».

Most we cannot act alone“, However admitted Ms. Plante. She called on the provincial government to homeless a priority”In the run-up to Quebec’s economic update.

Ensemble Montréal reacts

The roaming spokesperson for Ensemble Montréal, Benoit Langevin, denounced roaming measures that should have been put in place over the past four years».

Despite our raising of the red flag, the Plante administration made the choice not to increase the funding dedicated to roaming during the last budget.He said by email.

Yet the budget 2020 of the City of Montreal foresaw $ 5.45 million (over four years) to fight homelessness ” while the budget 2021 allocated $ 3M for this issue this year alone, which is an increase.

Ensemble Montreal had not been able to explain this apparent contradiction when it published its reaction.

The budgets of the years 2016 and 2017, the last two years of the mandate of the former – and aspiring – mayor Denis Coderre at the head of the City, do not contain a specific section on the fight against homelessness, making the comparison difficult.

Called to react, Mouvement Montreal had not responded to Radio-Canada at the time of publishing this text.

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