Quebec and Canada announce $ 100 million to renovate affordable housing in Montreal – Montreal
Soon, more families will have access to affordable housing in Montreal.
The province and the federal government have teamed up to fund the renovation of existing buildings to the tune of $ 100 million.
The funding will allow the renovation of 10 buildings housing 517 units over the next three years.
“It’s not just a roof over your head, it’s a safe place to raise a family, it’s one less financial burden to worry about. Above all, it’s a better quality of life, ”said Ahmed Hussen, Canadian Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
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Housing advocates say they welcome the news, but add it is not enough.
They say the government is making up for decades of neglect.
According to Robert Pilon, coordinator of the Federation of low-rental housing tenants of Quebec (FLHLMQ), half of the social housing buildings in Montreal are in poor condition.
“There are 10,000 units rated E in the Quebec infrastructure deterioration index. It’s the worst grade, ”Pilon explained. “If they were viaducts, these buildings would be demolished and rebuilt.”
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The mayoress of Montreal, Valérie Plante, says the need for social housing is urgent.
“We have a waiting list of around 25,000 families waiting for social housing,” said Plante.
This investment is part of a partnership between the province of Quebec and Canada signed last October.
The agreement provides for $ 1.84 billion and requires Quebec to match the investment.
Pilon says he would like the province to increase its funding to get the most out of this partnership.
“In Quebec, we need $ 2 billion to repair affordable housing in the province. $ 1 billion for Montreal, ”explained Pilon.
“The minister has taken a step in the right direction, but we would like a more ambitious plan.
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Plante agreed that there was still a long way to go.
“We are looking forward to the next step, I hope it will happen soon because the needs are enormous.”
The province says similar announcements will be made for other regions of Quebec.
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