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  • Writer's pictureCarey Tate

West Island organizations demand better tenant emergency housing resources.

A campaign to address gaps in emergency housing resources for tenants is being launched by the Comité d'action des locataires de l'Ouest-de-l'Île (CALODI), the Table de Quartier Sud de l'Ouest-de-l'Île (TQSOI), and the Table de Quartier Nord de l'Ouest-de-l'Île de Montréal (TQNOIM).

PHOTO: Table de quartier sud de l'Ouest-de-l'Île

Residents of demerged cities do not have access to the same assistance as those of Montreal when they become homeless due to repossession, "renovictions," or evacuation due to a sanitary issue.

West Island households, with the exception of Pierrefonds-Roxboro and L'Île-Bizard-Sainte-Geneviève, that are evacuated because of a sanitary concern or become homeless due to a repossession or "renovictions" are not covered by the OMHM's referral service's emergency accommodation program. The referral service provides housing search assistance, interim accommodation, and compensation for moving and storage expenses to City of Montreal residents. Nevertheless, there are no comparable services, and citizens of demerged cities are not entitled to the same advantages. Tenants find it difficult to locate suitable and inexpensive accommodation once they move, as just 20% of housing units on the West Island are rentals, and only 4% of the island's social housing is located in the west.

To support this emergency housing campaign, here's how you may participate:

  • Sharing the letter with your neighbors, friends, and family to help spread the news.

  • Speak with your local representative personally to show your support for emergency housing programs.

SOURCE: Table de quartier sud de l'Ouest-de-l'Île


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