The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec are investing $8.2 million to build 22 housing units for women at risk of homelessness in Quebec

Future tenants of the building could also benefit from additional housing assistance under the Rent Supplement Program of the Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ). This aid, which could amount to almost $2.5 million over 20 years, will be assumed by the SHQ (90%) and the City of Quebec (10%). The investment for this project could therefore reach close to $10.7 million.

the A home just for them project for women at risk of homelessness is an initiative of the Quebec organization L’Inter-Elles. This organization aims to support women victims of domestic or family violence and their children in the process of regaining control of their lives by offering them intervention services and safe and affordable accommodation, while encouraging them to get involved. in the community.

This investment comes from the budget envelope for the Large Cities Component of the second Canada-Quebec Agreement under the Rapid Housing Initiative, which was announced by the Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing, Diversity and Inclusion, and Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. This agreement provides for investments totaling nearly $338 million through Quebecwhich should allow the construction of a total of 1,494 social and affordable housing units by the end of 2022.


“Everyone should have a safe and affordable place to call home, yet many Quebecers are finding it increasingly difficult to find adequate housing within their budget. That’s why one of the Budget 2022 priorities is to make housing more affordable in communities across the country. The project and funding announced today under the Rapid Housing Initiative will go a long way to helping local women at risk of homelessness by providing for the rapid delivery of 22 new affordable housing units. left behind.”

The Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

“This Inter-Elles project in Quebec is an excellent initiative that will allow women in need to access a living environment adapted to their situation. To ensure access to these units, our government and the City of Quebec are also granting financial assistance to tenants who will live there, so that they only have to devote 25% of their income to housing. »

Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Minister responsible for the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region

“It is estimated that there are more than 5,000 homeless people in Quebec and that must change. Thanks to the Rapid Housing Initiative, this investment of $8.2 million will allow the City of Quebec to build nearly 22 social housing units that will provide mothers at risk of homelessness with a safe place where they can build a better life. This project, supported by Inter-Elles in Quebec, will help us achieve our goal of eliminating chronic homelessness in the province. »

The Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Quebec

“I congratulate Inter-Elles for having set up this project. With these units, women with or without children who have experienced family difficulties will benefit from safe and affordable accommodation. Our government is proud to contribute to this project, which meets the needs of the Capitale-Nationale region.

Geneviève Guilbault, Deputy Premier, Minister of Public Security, Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region and MNA for Louis-Hébert in the National Assembly

“Today we are taking another step in creating a tighter social safety net so that no one falls through the cracks. This announcement is very important for our city and our residents. We will be able to help women people in need to keep their heads above water and lead an easier life. It is through actions like the ones we are taking today that we will arrive at a city where no one is left behind and where its inhabitants are heard. Thank you to all the partners for this wonderful news possible.”

Marie-Pierre Bouchercity ​​councillor, City of Quebec

“This project is the answer to the long-standing aspirations of Inter-Elles, and it is also a success for all the groups that fight against violence against women. Carrying out this project will allow us to help a greater number of women victims of domestic violence feel revalued as individuals and collectively, while ensuring their safety. It is important to specify that the project strengthens our efforts to better respond to the needs of women, without immigration status or income, who are victims of domestic violence and who have little or no access to existing resources. At this time, I would like to mention the support and cooperation of our allies, the House for immigrant women and the Alliance of 2nd Stage Shelters for Women and Children Victims of Domestic Violence, at different stages of this initiative.

Geneviève Pelchat, President, L’Inter-Elles

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  • The two agreements under the Rapid Housing Initiative represent a total investment of approximately $517 million. Since January 2021more than 3,000 social and affordable housing units have been built according to of Quebec recognized construction standards for Quebecers in need.

About Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

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About the Quebec Housing Corporation

As a leader in housing, the SHQ’s mission is to meet the housing needs of Quebec citizens by providing affordable and low-rent housing and by offering a range of assistance programs to support the construction, renovation and adaptation of housing, as well as access to property. In addition, the SHQ promotes the development of partnerships with communities, collaboration between stakeholders in the sector and innovation. To find out more about its activities, visit


SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

For further information: Sources: Arevig Afarian, Office of the Minister of Housing, Diversity and Inclusion, [email protected]; Bénédicte Trottier-Lavoie, Press secretary to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Minister responsible for the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, 514 686-7100, [email protected]; For further information: Media Relations, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, [email protected]; Media relations, Société d’habitation du Québec, 418 643-4035, ext. 32032, [email protected]

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