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E=MC2: an innovative partnership serving people who are homeless

E=MC2 : un partenariat novateur au service des personnes en situation d’itinérance

The neighbourhood police station (PDQ) 21 of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), the CIUSSS Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal and the Société de développement social (SDS) are deploying the Équipe multidisciplinaire de concertation communautaire (E=MC2) [Multidisciplinary Community Concertation Team] at Les Jardins Gamelin until September 28, 2020. This pilot test is made possible thanks to the financial contribution of Info-Crime Montréal as well as to the collaboration of the Ville-Marie borough and the Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles, which host E=MC2 on the Les Jardins Gamelin site.

Complementary and concerted action

Police intervention alone cannot provide an appropriate response to the complex situation of people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Although several organizations already work in the sector with people in precarious situations, the deployment of E=MC2 aims to promote the complementarity of police service interventions with those of partners in the health, social services and community environment as well as ensuring a physical presence of services at Les Jardins Gamelin. In this context, collaborations are essential in order to carry out concerted action within the expertises, mandates and limits of each.


On the initiative of PDQ 21, the Équipe multidisciplinaire de concertation communautaire is composed of patrollers, community relations officers and an SPVM community consultation officer, social workers who can be paired with CIUSSS nurses or educators and SDS social mediators who already work with the occupants of Les Jardins Gamelin. Other organizations will also join E=MC2 on a sporadic or regular basis such as Urgences-santé and the Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence, in particular.


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Last Update : 27 October 2020