Housing is the single greatest expense in the family budget. The choice for many living on limited income is to spend disproportionately on housing – and jeopardize other essential needs like food, clothing and transportation. The gap between income and housing costs underscores the need for affordable housing. However, there is a scarcity of low-cost, safe and well-maintained housing options in Montreal – and more than 25,000 households are currently on a waiting list.
Translated from Hebrew, “kehilla” not only means community but embodies community as well. This initiative is the product of the vision and commitment of a group of dedicated community members who championed the objective to develop a response to the need for affordable, good quality and safe housing solutions.
Kehilla Montréal Residential Programs
Since the late 1960s, the Jewish community has been investing in low-cost housing based on the understanding that the issues of poverty and housing cannot be separated. In recent years, this communal response has expanded to seek out new, innovative approaches to the current situation.
Created as a communal response to these pressing housing needs, Kehilla Montréal Residential Programs, a registered not-for-profit charity, strives to improve individual and family quality of life through the provision of affordable, quality housing.
Le Groupe Kehilla Montréal I: 68 Units Now Under Construction
Kehilla Montréal Residential Programs is proud to announce construction of a 68-unit, 10 story building in Cote Saint Luc, slated for completion by the fall of 2019 and built to the highest standards. The new building will offer 34 rent subsidized units where tenants pay 25% of their monthly income towards rent; the tenants of the remaining 34 units slightly below market value. Comprised of one, two and three-bedroom apartments for individuals, couples and small families, Le Groupe Kehilla Montréal I will meet the needs of those living on low incomes and is central to schools, public transportation, and services. A community room on the ground floor will also be available to tenants for their programming needs.