Homeless people’s tents ‘must be taken down’

Homeless people’s tents ‘must be taken down’
Homeless people’s tents ‘must be taken down’

However, an action in the homelessness plan announced Thursday by the City had led us to predict that a certain tolerance would be allowed. It reads as follows: “Determine the eligibility and management criteria for camps on the territory”.

The mayor cleared up any misunderstanding. Any homeless encampment will be dismantled, as part of a multi-stage response plan.

The steps taken after a report

As soon as they are reported, the procedure provided for in such circumstances is put into motion. The mayor explains the steps here:

  • Identification of camps;
  • The interdisciplinary roaming team comes into contact with the person(s). This team is made up of members of the police department, the City’s social development department, public works, the CIUSSS;
  • Advance notice of the dismantling of the camp is given to the occupants;
  • People are directed to community resources.
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A woman pitched her tent in the cedar hedge separating the primary school from the St-Luc tennis courts in Granby. (Stéphane Champagne/La Voix de l’Est)

“Follow-ups will be carried out by the workers with these people,” specifies Julie Bourdon.

Reception of intoxicated people

Mayor Bourdon reminds us that there are still places available at Le Passant, which welcomes homeless people intoxicated by alcohol or drugs.

We speak in the jargon of the intervention of “places with high threshold of tolerance” (new name).

Le Passant has 10 beds for emergency accommodation, its total capacity being 35 places.

Contact with citizens

Ms. Bourdon reminds citizens not to hesitate to go to the City website, where a form (at the very bottom of the page) allows them to ask questions related to homelessness, or to report the presence of a camp.

“It goes directly to our responders on the ground,” she says.

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