After a hard day of moving, calls are increasing for more affordable housing in Quebec – Montreal

FRAPRU, the community organization that supports social and affordable housing, is publicly advocating with the Quebec government to build more affordable housing.

Catherine Lussier, community organizer for the advocacy group, says there are nearly a quarter of a million tenants living in apartments they can’t afford or are in dire condition.

“The Quebec government must recognize the housing crisis, make it a priority,” said Lussier.

Lussier says 128 tenants in Montreal were unable to sign a new lease on moving day July 1, forcing them to live temporarily with friends, relatives or to be accommodated in hotels by Montreal’s municipal authorities.

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Lussier fears that some of them will be living homeless for months.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the situation and closed many Montreal businesses, leaving some unemployed. Meanwhile, demand for luxury condos and apartments remains high while the number of available units remains low, pushing vulnerable tenants out of neighborhoods.

“We actually need to act now on the housing crisis and better protect tenants from eviction,” Lussier said.

The mayor of Montreal agrees that more affordable housing is needed.

“How important it is to have affordable housing, social housing because that is how we will avoid this kind of situation,” said Valérie Plante on Thursday.

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