At the Borough Council meeting on Tuesday, April 7, Verdun Borough Mayor Jean-François Parenteau announced the creation of a $65,000 Local Emergency Fund to support Verdun community organizations.
Given the exceptional situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Borough of Verdun wishes to respond quickly to the growing needs of community organizations that offer essential services on its territory, and particularly food aid. These organizations will soon be informed of the terms and conditions of granting these new funds.
“For a large number of our residents, the pandemic is having serious consequences. Unfortunately, many people have suffered a loss of income and are now having difficulty paying their rent or paying for groceries. Many are isolated, confined to their homes and feeling anxious. It is therefore of the utmost importance to support the extraordinary efforts being made by local organizations that offer direct assistance to people in need. The purpose of creating this emergency fund is to ensure that services are maintained for the most vulnerable people, at a time when the number of requests for assistance is dramatically increasing,” stated Mayor Jean-François Parenteau.
It should be noted that the Table de concertation en développement social de Verdun (CDSV), which brings together several community organizations, the Borough of Verdun, the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal and other partners, has created a local crisis cell to urgently meet needs relating to food security and the social isolation of vulnerable people living in Verdun.