More than 600 homeless households in Quebec
The Popular Action Front in Urban Redevelopment (FRAPRU) drew up its traditional assessment on Saturday concerning the day of the removals. More than 600 households are homeless across Quebec, including 118 in Montreal.
These figures are “revealers of a much deeper crisis, which will have to be tackled quickly to avoid the repetition year after year of such human tragedies”, declared Véronique Laflamme, spokesperson for FRAPRU, during its 22nd Annual Review.
“The year 2022 is one of the worst years [en terme de logement]“, mentioned Véronique Laflamme. At least 4,000 households have requested help from municipal authorities to find housing this year.
More than 600 households are followed by a support service and are housed in particular by cities or relatives, according to the organization.
The entire province is being torn apart by this housing crisis. In Montreal – even though the vacancy rate is 3.7% – 118 households are still homeless.
Drummondville also exceeds Montreal with 135 homeless households and takes the lead in this sad list in Quebec.
FRAPRU is convinced that the number of households in a delicate situation is even higher. “Many families have not yet come forward,” said the spokesperson.
FRAPRU asks the parties for a strong commitment in the context of the elections on October 3rd. Among the organization’s grievances, funding for 50,000 social housing units over five years in the form of low-rent housing, rental housing cooperatives and housing managed by non-profit organizations.
“The soaring rents” are “far from being reduced” and “accelerating everywhere in Quebec”, revealed the latest survey by the Regroupement des committees logement et associations de tenants du Québec (RCLALQ).
The RCLALQ also called on the political parties to quickly implement measures to curb this rise in rents.
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