The current housing crisis in Quebec is not sparing the Haut-Saint-Laurent. In recent months, participants from various organizations in the RCM have mobilized to help families affected by the lack of affordable housing in the region.
Unfortunately, 3 households found themselves without housing. Thus, the committee met a few times to create an emergency plan to prevent these families from ending up on the streets on July 1st . Several options were considered. Numerous steps have been taken with businesses and organizations. Help from campground owners and the Commission Scolaire Vallée des Tisserands, among others, was sought for temporary accommodation, but to no avail.
It was finally thanks to the financial contribution from Paroisse Saint-Joseph, CDC Haut-Saint-Laurent, CRESO and the Bloc Québécois that an emergency fund was created. This was used for moving and storing the belongings of the three households.
A team of volunteers, supported by a worker from ADDS Huntingdon (Association pour la défense des droits sociaux) were on hand to help the households on moving day. The citizens we have assisted have all expressed their gratitude for the assistance provided.
The housing crisis, which is particularly severe this year, demonstrates the importance of developing social housing in order to allow everyone to live in peace and dignity.