City of Montreal

City of Montreal

June 15, 2005 14:00 ET

City of Montreal/Housing assistance: The 868-GITE Line is in Operation

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - June 15, 2005) - Starting today and until July 15, 2005, low-income tenants in Montreal who have not succeeded in finding housing may call 868-GITE for assistance from the city of Montreal and its partners.

"Again this year, we have decided to make the necessary resources available to help as many Montrealers in need as possible. The city will try to help callers who are having difficulty finding housing by giving them the necessary support. It is important for them to know that they can count on experts to help them find housing," said Cosmo Maciocia, member of the Montreal executive committee responsible for housing.

By calling this number, Montreal households can find out if they are eligible for the Quebec emergency rent supplement program. They are also encouraged to begin their search for a dwelling immediately. The city of Montreal has an agreement with a YMCA for the temporary lodging of individuals who are without a dwelling.

"This year, the vacancy rate is slightly higher at 1.7%, compared to 1.1% last year. Despite this increase, the rental market in Montreal remains sensitive. That is why the city has put in place measures to help tenants find housing. Montreal is making considerable effort with regard to housing with the Solidarite 5000 logements program and by measures to promote the construction of affordable housing by the private sector," added Mr. Maciocia.

The 868-GITE hotline

The emergency call centre will be in operation:

- June 15 to 27, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (not in operation on weekends
and June 24)
- June 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- June 29 to July 2 (24 hours)
- July 3 and 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- July 5 to 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (not in operation on

Contact Information

  • Source:
    Cabinet du maire et du comite executif
    Amelie Regis
    Relations avec les medias
    (514) 872-5537