Montreal Mayor Plante pledges to double annual homelessness budget to $6 million

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Montreal’s Mayor Valérie Plante has pledged to double the annual homelessness budget from $3 million to $6 million.

We are currently going through a humanitarian crisis, while in Montreal, people are living in a situation of great human distress, Plante said Monday.

“Homelessness is not a new phenomenon, we must now take further action to help our most vulnerable,” she said, adding that “We need a consistent long term plan.”

Furthermore, Plante pledged to add 300 housing units each year on top of doubling the annual homelessness budget.

Plante also pledged to support the health, network, community groups in setting up 24/7 emergency shelter sites, including one culturally appropriate for Aboriginal people.

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