Open letter: City of Montreal must bring swift response to support homeless population
As the City of Montreal of Montreal prepares to roll out its cold weather plans, the #NoOneLeftBehind Collective fears the services proposed by the City neglect a large portion of the homeless population who do not or cannot access the shelter system.
Pandemic housing boom means affordability is no longer just a big-city problem
The number of existing properties that changed hands in December was 47 per cent higher than in December of 2019, the largest year-over-year increase in 11 years, according to data released Friday by the Canadian Real Estate Association.
It is not easy to find housing in Montreal, where the vacancy rate has reached its lowest level in several years. The situation has turned the search for an apartment into a mad rush. It even threatens the city’s reputation for affordable rents, according to tenants’ rights advocates.
Montreal needs a housing plan at the scale of the crisis
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Montreal’s real estate market was already changing. Many new condo developments were being built, the vacancy rate plummeted, and communities of colour were sounding the alarm about the gentrification of their neighbourhoods.