Every winter, the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (CCSMTL), the City of Montréal and their partners work together to ensure that no one has to spend the night outside in the cold. Measures are planned to maintain and coordinate emergency shelters to make sure there are enough beds to meet the daily demand, which increases in winter. Additional services are set up for people who don't use those resources. Collaboration among various partners and daily surveillance of overnight service use make it possible to manage requests efficiently and quickly.
For winter 2017-2018, Montreal has 925 emergency beds to accommodate homeless men, women and youths.
For women, nearly 110 spaces are distributed among the Patricia Mackenzie Pavilion, La Rue des femmes, le Chaînon, Projets autochtones du Québec, Passages, le CAP St-Barnabé, L’Abri d’espoir de l’Armée du Salut, and la Maison Marguerite. In addition, CAP St-Barnabé offers 16 day-beds for women.
In addition, the Centre de répit et de dégrisement can accommodate 12 homeless men and women excluded from shelters or who are in crisis.
Cold Weather Drop-in
St-Michael's Mission Day Centre, located in the Ville-Marie borough, is open every night until April 30 to offer warmth, food and rest. Cages for up to 3 animals are available.
Urban Outreach Teams
In extreme cold weather, the CCSMTL's homelessness, street youth and Urgence Psychosocial-Justice (UPS-J) teams as well as mixed teams composed of police officers and social workers from the CCSMTL, Équipe mobile de référence et d'intervention en itinérance (ÉMRII) and Équipe de soutien aux urgences psychosociales (ESUP) carry out outreach interventions. They seek to reach isolated and disaffiliated people on the street to identify those at risk and direct them to appropriate resources. The teams work with various community resources to reach as many people as possible.
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