August 9, 2022

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Mayor Marchand’s concern | The Journal of Quebec

Mayor Marchand's concern |  The Journal of Quebec

The mayor of Quebec, Bruno Marchand, promised on Sunday that everything would be done to support the fifty families who are currently homeless in the territory of the city.

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“Our officers have worked very hard. We are one of the least impacted cities in Quebec. Only 55 left [ménages sans logement]It’s too much, so we have to find solutions,” the mayor commented during the city’s anniversary celebrations.

“Currently, they have a roof. They are not homeless, this is the first goal achieved. There are 10% of those in a critical situation, so the city has made huge efforts through other organizations connected to the housing office,” he said. “We continue to work. »

“The situation is alarming,” the mayor admitted. “That’s why next year and the years to come, we need to put the pedal to the metal to build more housing, especially social and affordable housing. It should be,” said Mr. Marchand.

Now 56 houses

On July 1, the Office Municipal d’Habitation de Quebec (OMHQ) reported that 55 households are still looking for housing or have signed leases that will not start until the end of the summer. On Sunday, this data increased to 56.

According to OMHQ, these people are often placed with relatives in a safe and temporary manner, which it believes will find a solution with them within a reasonable time. No need to refer anyone to the hotel.

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However, the organization believes this statistic is not accurate, as households may have signed leases at the last moment, without necessarily informing them afterwards. Since the start of the year, a record 550 people have asked for help from OMHQ.

“It Can’t Last”

“This is worrying, especially in the district where I live where many people are struggling to find housing. I think the services of the city are well integrated. We invite the public not to hesitate to contact our services for help,” commented Claude Villeneuve, leader of the opposition at the town hall and municipal councilor in Mizerets-Lyret.

“That raises the question, we need to think about the development of our housing stock, we need to think about the need to make affordable housing available. It can’t go on like this, every July 1st we get these headaches and ask ourselves these questions. It’s going to get worse, we have to act,” the Quebec leader was the first to support.

On Saturday, the Popular Action Front in Urban Redevelopment (FRAPRU) estimated that at least 600 households were still looking for a roof in the province of Quebec the day after July 1.