After a meeting with organizations interested in the issue, the deputies for Shefford and Longueuil – Saint-Hubert, Andréanne Larocueh and Denis Trudel, noted that the COVID-19 pandemic had only exacerbated the housing crisis.
“Between CHSLDs and luxury residences, there are seniors who are in between and who still do not have affordable enough housing. They must make difficult choices, especially with the crisis, ”pleaded Andréanne Larouche.
The two deputies observed that the thresholds for the consumer basket measure at $ 21,000 still left some seniors in a precarious situation due to increasingly high rent prices in certain regions.
The meeting with a dozen organizations responded to the requests of some of them, like the Family Economy Cooperative Association (ACEF) of Montérégie-Est. She approached the MP last July on the thorny issue of community housing.
With the Federation of Housing Cooperatives of Estrie, the elected representative of Shefford is waiting for the launch of a pilot project for a seniors’ cooperative. It has another with the CDC Haut-Richelieu Rouville in favor of people experiencing homelessness.
Bloc spokesperson for social solidarity, Denis Trudel fears that the funds resulting from the agreement that the federal government recently concluded with the province on social housing are insufficient to meet the needs adapted to local specificities.
“The major problem with the agreement is that the number of units planned over ten years is equivalent to what we should do in a single year. In addition, some homes are poorly targeted. This is also the case in Valcourt, where the mayor told us that there is too much social housing while in neighboring towns, there is a glaring lack of it, ”argues Mr. Trudel, denouncing strategies to the both poorly adapted for the regions and poorly funded.
In fact, the agreement provides for a joint investment of $ 3.7 billion over ten years, or a real estate portfolio of up to 4,000 housing units in Quebec. According to the Bloc, the issue of housing is not limited to its access.
“With someone who has been on the streets for years, if you don’t show him how to pay his bills, he will go back,” he illustrated.
This is the meaning of the Residential Stability with Support (SRA) approach adopted at the Haute-Yamaska-Rouville municipal housing office, according to Ms. Larouche. She discussed with this organization the project to build 90 social housing units in Granby, among others, as solutions on the table.
“What we want is to have both hands on the wheel to respond to regional specificities,” says Denis Trudel, welcoming the option that Ottawa has taken to allow the province to have free rein in the implementation of solutions to the housing crisis.
Text by Godlove Kamwa, Local Journalism Initiative, Le Canada Français