New data indicates nearly 450 families were homeless in Quebec as of Aug. 1.
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TVA Nouvelles journalist Yves Poirier participated in the effort to find homes that cost between 500 and 1,000 dollars a month.
The conclusion is unequivocal: not much to put in your mouth.
However, an exception may be specified in respect of student accommodation, but this confirms the rule in respect of all other accommodation.
Although none were available Thursday, Montreal Island has some rare pearls.
On Avenue Colonial in Plateau-Mont-Royal, Alexis pays $800 a month for a large 4 1⁄2 with a backyard.
A happy tenant also shares his rent with a roommate.
“We have a very good deal here, we are very happy. We have two bedrooms, a bathroom, and then here is the living room, which is the kitchen and living room. We also have a small courtyard,” explains Alexis.
Alexis’ situation is rare, but “in Greater Montreal, housing is available for rent at about 1,500%,” lamented FRAPRU spokeswoman Véronique Laflamme in an interview with TVA Nouvelles.
“And it doesn’t even guarantee cleanliness … We find very expensive houses, which are in very poor condition, but because there is a shortage of rental houses, the landlords with bad behavior take advantage of the situation”, she adds.
Of the roughly 450 homeless people in Quebec, 130 are in Montreal.