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National Newswatch | Montreal to hold public consultations on how…

National Newswatch | Montreal to hold public consultations on how…
National Newswatch | Montreal to hold public consultations on how…

The City of Montreal says it will hold public consultations on how organizations that support the homeless can better integrate with surrounding communities. Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante speaks at a news conference in Montreal on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christinne Muschi

MONTREAL — The City of Montreal has announced that it will hold public consultations on how to better integrate homeless services into surrounding neighbourhoods.

The announcement comes as Montrealers who live near organizations that serve vulnerable people are raising alarms about visible drug use, homelessness and troubling behavior on their doorsteps.

Mayor Valerie Plante said in a statement that the city has heard concerns from businesses, families and community members about the way these resources are being managed.

She says the need for such services continues to grow and the city wants to involve citizens so that future projects are implemented “more harmoniously.”

According to the city’s public health director, Montreal’s visible homelessness is on the rise, due to factors such as the housing crisis, toxic drugs and mental health issues. He says it’s important to hear what the different groups affected are aware of.

The city says it will publish a schedule for the consultations in the coming weeks.

This report was first published on July 9, 2024.