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Montreal opens 1,800 shelter spots in hotels and a stadium to help the homeless

Mayor Valérie Plante reacted to a man’s death last night, stating that “no one should have to sleep outside in the cold.”

Following the death of a 74-year-old homeless man under an NDG underpass on Monday night, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante issued a statement and some measures to improve the situation during the winter, and in light of the pandemic.

“It was with sadness that I learned that a man died last night due to the cold. No one should have to sleep outside in this temperature. I send my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. Rest assured that we are working hard to support homeless people.”

Plante announced that 1,800 temporary shelters and “stops” will be available for the homeless in Montreal this winter. A heat stop has been installed in the Plateau, 300 spots for people with COVID-19 will be opened up in a soccer stadium, two hotels will be requisitioned “to support the health network and community organizations,” while special shuttles and the police will accompany people to these spaces.

“We have a sufficient number of places for people in need. With 1,800 places, we will exceed the objectives set in the winter measures plan. Our priority is that everyone has a place to shelter from the cold.”

—Valérie Plante
Valérie Plante: “No one should have to sleep outside in the cold”

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