Montreal to receive needed cash to help tackle homelessness crisis?
The Trudeau government is set to unveil changes this morning to a federal program that provides help to cities in addressing the needs of homeless Canadians. The Homelessness Partnering Strategy is the main program that gets federal money to cities for funding of local efforts to help people get off the streets and into homes.
Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos will make the announcement in Toronto this morning with local MP Adam Vaughan, who chaired the federal Advisory Committee that looked into enhancing the program.
The committee included two Quebecers; Jimena Michea of Regroupement pour l'aide du Québec (RAIIQ) and Pierre Gaudreau, the head of RAPSIM, a local group that supports the needs of Monteal's homeless. The two signed a note that's included in the report that expresses the importance of additional funding to allow for a more flexible and holistic approach to addressing the homelessness crisis.
The $2.1 billion program has been heavily criticized for having too much red tape, difficult reporting requirements and not being flexible enough to meet the needs of Canadians who are homeless.
The 2017 federal budget doubled the amount of money the government plans to spend on the program over the next decade, which RAPSIM suggests could provide the City of Montreal with as much as a $100-million to assist with helping the city's homeless.