Welcome Hall Mission

Welcome Hall Mission

March 10, 2009 11:17 ET

Welcome Hall Mission/The Homeless: Always Taking a Back Seat...

When will the homeless be a priority?

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 10, 2009) - The recent announcement that the governments of Quebec and Montreal are contributing 23.3 million dollars of taxpayer's money for the expansion of Molson Stadium took us by surprise. While we celebrate with the Alouettes organization, an avid supporter of Welcome Hall Mission and integral part of Montreal's economy, we are confounded by the discovery that government coffers are not as empty as we are being led to believe.

Welcome Hall Mission, along with Montreal's two other men's shelters, has been fighting for aide promised more than a year ago.

In an official statement issued December 3rd, 2008, Old Brewery Mission, Maison du Pere and Welcome Hall Mission reminded the Quebec Government that they were still waiting for 3.3 million dollars promised for emergency services under Dr. Philippe Couillard, the Minister of Health and Social Services.

His successor, Dr. Yves Bolduc, is issuing the same rhetoric and broken promises, despite last fall's unveiling of the Reference Framework on Homelessness in Quebec to improve health and social services for these individuals. The money promised by former Minister Couillard seems to have disappeared.

Is this not an issue that should take priority in a society that virtually ignores its most needy?

We remind you that Quebec Government subsidies represent for us just $8 per bed, while it costs us a minimum of $27 a day. In Toronto, men's shelters receive $61.70 per day for similar services.

When will the homeless be a priority?

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