Improving shelter services
We are working with the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal and the Direction régionale de santé publique de Montréal to create hundreds of shelter spaces: shelter to reduce the number of individuals staying in the same refuge; shelter for individuals awaiting test results and shelter for a quarantine space. The temporary emergency shelter at the old Royal Victoria Hospital will become an isolation unit.
In addition to the opening of two temporary shelters in the Dowtown YMCA and in Complexe Guy-Favreau, new locations will be available shortly.
Outdoor day centres will also open. The first centre, managed in collaboration with Résilience Montréal, will be located in Square Cabot, and the second at Place Émilie-Gamelin.
Several chemical toilets are currently being installed in the public space. These mobile washrooms will have wash basins which will help homeless residents practice good hygiene at a time when many public places are closed. The washrooms will be cleaned each day.
We will contact homelessness assistance organizations with a list of places where the washrooms will be installed so that they can spread the word.
Response in public spaces
STM and SPVM personnel are also present in the metro and on the streets where many homeless residents live, to direct them to the appropriate services.
We are also working with Centraide du Grand Montréal to make sanitary products available to homelessness assistance organizations, such as cleaning products, gloves, disinfectant and wet wipes. An emergency fund was recently launched specifically to put these measures in place.
We have created an emergency unit to support community organizations in order to maintain emergency food assistance services in Montréal. The unit, which is directed by the city, is composed of Centraide, Direction régionale de santé publique de Montréal, the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, Moisson Montréal, the SAM board and the Club des petits déjeuners.
Continuing winter measures
These initiatives are in addition to the measures (in French) that the city and its partners take each winter in response to the needs of homeless residents.