Safe Housing Brigade

About this project

Rodents, cockroaches, bedbugs, mould, and water seepage are just some of the issues that Côtes-des-Neiges tenants have to cope with. Every day, community agencies working in the housing sector meet with tenants who are living in substandard housing that is affecting their physical and mental health, their family and social relationships, their children, and more.

MORE THAN 38% OF HOUSEHOLDS WITH CHILDREN AGED 6 MONTHS TO 12 YEARS IN THE CÔTES-DES-NEIGES TERRITORY LIVE WITH A MOULD PROBLEM.

23% OF THESE TENANTS HAVE SEEN COCKROACHES OR RODENTS IN THEIR APARTMENTS.

Fighting substandard housing is a priority in Côte-des-Neiges where, for many years, community agencies have been working together to address serious problems. Côte-des-Neiges’ most recent neighbourhood plan (which is also the basis for initiatives funded by the CIP) involves implementing very proactive measures to ensure that all neighbourhood residents have safe and decent living conditions.

The Safe Housing Brigade is one of these measures. Associated with the neighbourhood’s key agencies, such as ŒIL and Project Genesis, the Safe Housing Brigade aims to significantly build on previous work already done in this area by helping tenants in a more intensive way and by promoting collective initiatives.

They hope to reach and help at least 800 isolated and vulnerable tenants by visiting these households over a two-year period. Collective initiatives will also be set up in substandard buildings in the neighbourhood. The Safe Housing Brigade is working to strengthen connections between all stakeholders working to improve living conditions, such as the Service d’inspection of the Ville de Montréal, Direction régionale de santé publique, CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, and Office municipal d’habitation de Montréal (OMHM).

The Safe Housing Brigade wants to reach and help 800 isolated and vulnerable tenants.