“Since 2010, the non-profit organization AJOI has deplored the lack of shelter and housing resources available in the West Island of Montreal,” said Tania Charron.
The Executive Director of the non-profit agency and her staff have been diligently working to try and improve the lives of displaced youth and lately, the number of homeless Montrealers is increasing with reports of those without a home living under the Lachine Canal.
Without proper facilities and services for West Island residents without a place to stay, those seeking help have to go downtown for help.
“The lack of resources in outlying neighborhoods contributes to the overcrowding of downtown resources,” Charron said. “The lack of investment in outlying areas leads to the funneling of vulnerable populations towards central areas of downtown. Unfortunately, the many requests for assistance that AJOI has made to the City of Montreal regarding homelessness have gone unanswered.”
Charron also noted that “with no existing resources dedicated to this mandate, AJOI created Ricochet Homes in 2017 which the first non-profit organization whose mission is to develop housing resources for young adults living in situations of residential instability in the West Island. “
But without proper funding help and a commitment from the city of Montreal, “it is very difficult to move the project forward to make it a reality, Charron explained.
“Meanwhile, at risk and vulnerable people of the West Island are uprooted to the city center, having no place to call home and sleeping in conditions that put them further at risk,” said the Executive Director.