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$955K is announced by the federal government for the Montreal community housing extension

Afroza Hossain

Five new rooms are being added to the Maison L’Exode halfway house on Létournaux Street in the Hochelaga neighbourhood.

A social housing project in Montréal’s east end will be extended with funding from the federal government.

The halfway house Maison L’Exode on Létournaux Street in the Hochelaga neighborhood is getting five new rooms.

Wednesday, Soraya Martinez Ferrada, a member of parliament, made the announcement that the building project would receive $955,000 in funding.

Through the Société d’habitation du Québec, the government of Quebec is contributing $549,000.

When complete the well established local area lodging undertaking will actually want to give 22 beds to individuals encountering vagrancy.

The Maison L’Exode center’s first project with federal funding is this one.

According to Maison l’Exode director general Martin Lafortune, the ongoing housing crisis necessitates the addition of additional rooms.

When even our waiting list is full, you know how bad it is. Lafortune stated, “When that happens, we are not helping anyone.”

The construction is expected to be finished by the beginning of December.

“It is very important that we proceed with housing more quickly and effectively.” It is obviously, development. It requires the same amount of time to construct,” Martinez Ferrada stated.

“It’s an extremely complicated issue. Everybody sees the criticalness to act and that is the very thing we are doing,” Martinez Ferrada said.

While it is just a little expansion, all types of help are acknowledged with great affection, said ward councilor Alia Hassan-Cournol.

The borough of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is particularly hard hit by the problem of homelessness and a lack of housing.

Certainly, more social housing is the key. “We need more partners pushing Quebec to be here,” Hassan-Cournol stated in reference to the requirement for additional funding. “We are very happy to have the federal government on our side.”

The city recently announced assistance programs for the borough, investing an additional $1.3 million in projects with community organizations to assist homeless people.

The EMMIS program’s special intervention teams have also been deployed. The city says that their job is to calm conflict, distress, and crisis situations and get vulnerable people to safe resources.

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