WATCH: The Open Door may close for good
For nearly 30 years The Open Door has been offering the homeless a place to be themselves, and help whenever needed.
Now, after its home, St. Stephen's Anglican Church was sold the drop-in centre and homeless shelter is looking for a new place to continue operating.
David Chapman, Open Door's acting director, said with the Church's new owner coming in the shelter needs to be out by July 31.
"If we are not able to find an alternate location, then yes, we will be essentially dumping these people out onto the street" Chapman told CJAD 800.
The problem is location, Chapman wants to keep the shelter close to its current area, but said any new home within a six block radius of Cabot Square is about five times the centres current cost.
There is also the issue of very few landlords being OK with a homeless shelter as a tenant.
"You do come across sort of political red tape when you start trying to find a space for a homeless shelter" he said.
Of the more than 150 clients who use The Open Door daily, many are Indigenous.
Nakuset, the Native Women's Shelter Executive Director, told CTV Montreal losing The Open Door would be a massive blow to the community.
"At the Native Women's Shelter if you're under the influence you can't stay at the shelter, but you can go to The Open Door" she said. "That's really important, because it's a safe place for them. You take this service away there's no place for them to go."
"They're going to be victimized; they're going to be arrested if they're in the streets. It's creating more problems."
On Sunday over a hundred people gathered in Cabot Square, just across from The Open Door, in a bit to help keep the door open. Some held signs denouncing the city's lack of social housing, and plans to spend money on projects like the light show on the Jacques Cartier Bridge.
In a statement the City of Montreal expressed support for the shelter, saying $60,000 has been set aside over two years for the organization and officials are willing to help find a new location.
For Nakuset, the help is welcome, but said she had reached out to city officials in January, but the only response comes with about 60 days left before some of the most vulnerable find themselves with no place to go and no one to support them.
In collaboration with Emily Vidal