CITY OF MONTREAL - OFFICE OF THE MAYOR/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

CITY OF MONTREAL - OFFICE OF THE MAYOR/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

July 15, 2005 13:54 ET

City of Montreal: July 1, 2005 Re-Housing Operation: Satisfactory Results

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - July 15, 2005) - The measures that were put in place by the city of Montreal and its partners were largely successful in responding to the emergency situation faced by Montreal households without a home during the July 1 moving period. This year's situation is comparable to that of 2004.

The 868-GITE telephone line ceases operations today. In total, 3,500 calls were processed by the assistance call centre, compared to 4,123 in 2004. The number of households that found shelter at the YMCA reached 28. Of this number, 8 households are still sheltered. This is equal to the average households sheltered each month throughout the year.

"Although the situation is improving year after year, affordable housing units are still in limited numbers. Fewer households required our services, which leads us to believe that the measures and programs implemented by the city of Montreal and the government of Quebec have been successful. What's important now is to continue in this way, to help the rental market find the proper balance we are hoping for," said Cosmo Maciocia, member of the Executive Committee responsible for housing.

Several factors explain the success of the 2005 operation. The vacancy rate increased from 1.1% to 1.7%. The government of Quebec has renewed the emergency rent supplement program. The Office municipal d'habitation de Montreal manages a re-housing assistance service year round, and finally, programs are in place to promote the construction of affordable housing units for sale or rent.

"The 2005 operation could not have worked so well without the financial support of the Societe d'habitation du Quebec, the help of valuable partners including Sun Youth, the Agence de sante et de services sociaux, the Montreal Police Department, the Office municipal d'habitation de Montreal, as well as the co-operation of re-housing committees and tenants' associations. I thank them again this year for their hard work which made this year's operation a success, added Cosmo Maciocia.

Contact Information

  • Source:
    Cabinet du maire et du comite executif
    or
    Information:
    Darren Becker
    (514) 872-6412
    or
    Amelie Regis
    (514) 872-5537