Housing Solutions With A Human Touch Welcoming With the development of 5,000 new social and community housing units, Montréal is building the future, building a community around cooperation and tolerance, Solidarité 5 000 logements projects allow where people can live in harmony. abandoned lots to come back to life, give By allowing people of different means and needs to obtain a a second breath to vacant buildings or home in the heart of existing neighbourhoods, these housing convert derelict industrial buildings into projects foster social and economic welcoming homes. mix and avoid the creation of ghettos. 2 TH E PU R POS E OF TH E S OLI DARITÉ 5 000 LOG E M E NTS OPE RATION I S TO D EVE LOP 5,000 N EW SOCIAL AN D COM M U N ITY HOUS I NG U N ITS FOR LOW - TO MOD E RATE - I NCOM E HOUS E HOLD S . TARG ET G ROU PS I NCLU D E PEOPLE LIVI NG ALON E , FAM I LI E S , S E N IOR S AN D PEOPLE WITH S PECIAL N E E D S . new homes to our neighbourhood As a result, the Solidarité 5 000 The operation allows people with By welcoming Solidarité 5 000 logements operation is helping to low to moderate incomes to logements housing projects to their make Montréal a unique city with remain in their neighbourhood, neighbourhoods, Montrealers foster a desirable urban community live in a dwelling adapted to the vitality of their neighbourhood, where all citizens can find their today’s needs and lifestyles, and in addition to improving the situa- place and take part in their city’s take part in the management of tion of thousands of people. These development. their building. projects bring abandoned lots and vacant buildings back to life and At home in the community As full-fledged citizens, all residents convert derelict industrial buildings Studies show that the situation of of Solidarité 5 000 logements into welcoming homes, thus people in difficulty has a tendency dwellings take part in the social, enhancing quality of life and to improve when they live in a community and economic life of safety in the neighbourhood. clean, comfortable and safe their neighbourhood. dwelling. 3 The many faces of housing needs The city of Montréal and its Social and community housing The operation therefore consists of partners, including the Société needs are diverse: the solutions three components, each providing put forward by the city of Montréal solutions to the needs of a specific d’habitation du Québec and and its partners take this diversity group. Housing is of course the the Canada Mortgage and into account. A large family needs main component of every solution, Housing Corporation, are more space than a person living but services or support may also alone. Seniors need services that be provided when required. developing 5,000 housing make their life easier. People in dif- solutions so that every person ficulty may only need temporary can find his or her place. housing with support staff who can help them overcome their problems. “ We are happy here because we are surrounded by nice people and we feel safe. The building is well maintained and the dwellings are very sunny and they all have a balcony. As well, we can take part in many organized activities.” Gisèle Larouche and Lucia Hazel 4 Appropriate solutions Low- to moderate-income Seniors with slightly People with special needs households diminishing abilities The third component targets people 1 2 3 The first component provides The second component provides with special needs: it can offer permanent housing for low- permanent housing for seniors permanent or transitional housing, to moderate-income households— with slightly diminishing abilities, emergency housing, or temporary families, people living alone, while giving them access to meals, housing for women who are victims self-sufficient seniors or self- activities and a safe environment. of violence or for youth in difficulty. sufficient people with disabilities. There are also a few housing projects that provide shelter for people in difficulty who have undertaken a social reintegration process. Residents of shelters have access to social and community Buildings constructed under the Solidarité support at all times. 5 000 logements operation allow residents to: • develop a sense of belonging to their neighbourhood; • take part in the community and economic life of their neighbourhood; • improve their health and their social and economic situation; • take part in the maintenance and management of their building; • live in a healthy and safe environment; • feel that they are full-fledged citizens. 5 The new face of social and community Social and community housing is a real asset, as much for the residents who find a home there as for Montrealers who welcome them to their neighbourhood. The success of housing projects avoided, architectural integration developed since the 1980s is such is an important concern, and local that these projects go unnoticed management and the participation in their neighbourhood or are of residents are encouraged. noticed only for the quality of their architecture and their maintenance. Every project submitted to the Indeed, social and community Bureau Solidarité 5 000 logements housing development has evolved is evaluated according to certain substantially: project size is limited, criteria, including the future build- large apartment buildings are ing’s architectural quality and 6 housing Social and community housing projects developed in the last 20 years blend so well into their environment that they go unnoticed in their neighbourhood or are noticed only for the quality of their architecture and their maintenance. These dwelling units: • respect local architecture, the urban environment and zoning by-laws; integration into its environment. The Solidarité 5 000 logements • are built to human scale and offer The Bureau thus ensures that the operation also has a major eco- parking spaces; buildings blend into their neigh- nomic impact: construction • allow abandoned lots to come back to life, bourhood and take into account will provide work for over 4,400 give a second breath to vacant buildings or local factors such as zoning by- salaried employees, and the convert derelict industrial buildings into laws, traffic and parking in the buildings themselves represent welcoming homes; neighbourhood, as well as local six million dollars a year in • are managed and maintained by non-profit infrastructures. additional property taxes. organizations and their members. 7 At home in the community, everywhere in Montréal 8 Solidarité 5 000 logements projects The demand for social and community housing comes from all parts of Montréal. To meet these needs, Solidarité 5 000 logements projects, an important part of which is already completed, are found in some 20 boroughs. 9 A roof over one’s head The 5,000 affordable dwellings, whether new or renovated, have quality as a common denominator. They bring 5,000 concrete solutions to the housing problem of thousands of Montrealers. In Montréal, nearly 100,000 tenant Just like food and education, a In addition, around 30% of households—some 19% of all tenant decent dwelling is a necessity. Montrealers—about a quarter of households—spend over half their Every person, every family, should a million households—earn less income on housing. have access to comfortable, than half the median income. This affordable housing in a safe and situation does not make finding healthy environment. decent housing an easy task. It may seem obvious, but reality Tackling the problem head-on belies this: in Montréal alone, The city of Montréal, well aware some 100,000 tenant households of the situation, set out to increase must devote at least 50% of their the number of affordable rental gross income to housing. dwellings on its territory. 10 “I used to spend half my income on housing for my son and myself. By moving into a housing cooperative, I was able to cut this expense to 25% of my income. We now live in a comfortable home and my son can play in the backyard. We really feel good here.” Mélanie Plourde In partnership with the Société strategies put forward by the city d’habitation du Québec and the that include the construction of Canada Mortgage and Housing private dwellings and affordable Corporation, the city launched in housing, as well as affordable 2002 the Solidarité 5 000 logements home ownership and neighbour- operation with the objective of hood revitalization initiatives. creating 5,000 new social and To find out more about these community dwellings. initiatives, refer to the Habiter Montréal Web site at The development of new social www.habitermontreal.qc.ca. and community dwellings is one of several complementary housing 11 Working hand The organizations that work in a neighbourhood are keen on finding effective and lasting solutions to the needs of the local population: projects therefore originate from local players, for local residents. To ensure that the 5,000 dwelling provides 15% of the funds and 30% its integration into the environ- units are built swiftly, the city of of the building lots and, to ensure ment, as well as the interior layout Montréal created the Bureau the sustainability of the projects, of dwellings. Solidarité 5 000 logements. It provides additional funding for oversees the entire operation and land decontamination work and The Bureau works hand in hand manages the financial assistance municipal infrastructures. with community groups, promoter programs available to fund the organizations, technical resource projects. Funding is provided by The evaluation of projects is based groups, boroughs, as well as private the government of Québec and the on the following criteria: the needs sector companies and professionals. government of Canada through the of the target population, the finan- programs AccèsLogis Québec and cial feasibility of the project, the Affordable housing Québec, social management ability of the promot- and community component, and er organization, the architectural by the city of Montréal. The city quality of the future building and 12 Together, these partners give the operation its dynamic dimension; their understanding of local needs allows them to develop housing solutions that meet the expectations of all Montrealers, solutions with a human touch. in hand Projects that originate from housing cooperatives, non-profit moting projects in conjunction local players, for local residents housing organizations and the with local community organiza- Housing projects are designed to Office municipal d’habitation de tions. The private sector also plays meet the local needs identified by Montréal—who often call on tech- a major part in the process thanks to social and community organiza- nical resource groups (GRTs) to the housing know-how of the tions who work in the area. These help them in their initiative. architects, contractors, engineers, organizations are well aware of the Moreover, GRTs are the link appraisers, surveyors, soil survey local needs and are keen on finding between affordable housing appli- experts, and real estate agents effective and lasting solutions. cants and promoter organizations. involved. Projects therefore originate from local players, for local residents. The boroughs play an important part in project identification and Projects are submitted to the approval. Their proximity ensures Bureau Solidarité 5 000 logements them a privileged vantage point for by promoter organizations— identifying local priorities and pro- “We really appreciate the friendliness and cooperation that prevail here. People help each other and everybody takes part in the manage- ment or maintenance of the building. Our children also made some new friends. Actually, so have we!” Litthidej Oudanonh 13 Montrealers can help the city reach the objective of 5,000 dwellings by finding out the benefits of social and com- munity housing. Solidarité 5 000 logements, it’s everyone’s business! To reach the objective of 5,000 increasingly welcome this type of tribute to making neighbourhoods dwellings, the city and its partners housing to their neighbourhood. more dynamic, prettier and safer, are counting on the cooperation and help improve the quality of of all Montrealers. How can A win-win solution life of all residents. It’s a win-win Montrealers do their share for Dwellings developed under the solution. Solidarité 5 000 logements? By Solidarité 5 000 logements operation finding out from their borough are a real asset, as much for the res- all about the benefits of these idents who find a home there as for projects. As people become more Montrealers who welcome them to aware of the benefits, they will their neighbourhood. They con- 14 Some of the professionals hired by the city for the development of this document were really moved by their meeting with the residents, some of whose testimonials are included here. They were moved by their enthusiasm about their dwelling, by their sincere happiness and by their eagerness to convey how this type of housing changed their life. The suppliers insisted on sharing their experience with all Montrealers to encourage people to welcome social and commu- nity housing to their neighbourhood. If you would like to apply for a Ville de Montréal Solidarité 5 000 logements dwelling Service de la mise en valeur unit, contact your borough office du territoire et du patrimoine or Accès Montréal office. Bureau Solidarité 5 000 logements 303 Notre-Dame St. E., 4th floor Refer to the Habiter Montréal Web Montréal, QC H2Y 3Y8 site at the address below to find 514-872-4630 out more about Solidarité 5 000 514-872-3883 (fax) logements or other financial assis- firstname.lastname@example.org tance programs offered by the city www.habitermontreal.qc.ca of Montréal. This operation is funded by the Société d’habitation du Québec, Copywriter and Translator: Silvana Nahman the Canada Mortgage and Housing Designer: Stéphane Jutras Corporation and the city of Photographer: Benoît Levac Montréal. Project Manager: Lisette Houle 15 www.habitermontreal.qc.ca Ce document est également offert en français.