The Quebec government announced $11 million boost for housing the homeless and other related services. Lucie Charlebois, the public Health Minister made the announcement on Tuesday.
The money allotted will be used for constructing 225 housing units and for providing health care for the homeless in the province. The money needed will be taken from two already existing social welfare programs.
Montreal will get $550,000 for the fiscal year 2017-18 and additional $1.3 million for the next 3 years.
Charlebois said that the government is planning to eliminate at least 2000 homeless people off the street by the year 2020. She added that the people living on the street have different needs compared to the people living in a home. Hence, providing just a roof and the hot temperature is not enough. We need to help them to get back their life.
Pierre Gaudreau, the President of Homeless advocacy group RAPSIM said that there is nothing new in this announcement. This announcement was partly made during the budget in 2017. What is needed to see is how much of the fund will be allotted for Montreal in the next 4 years.
However, many fear that funding for the existing programs will get affected by the new announcement.