Number of homeless women on a rise
Some women shelters in Montreal say they’ve seen a sudden spike in the amount of homeless women looking for beds, and in some cases the demand is so high, that women are forced to sleep outside.
One shelter said even with extra beds in the hallways and kitchen they still had to turn away 30 women in two days.
Mathew Pierce, Director General at the Old Brewery Mission says their shelter has seen an increase but it’s been steady.
“Why there’s an increase is a bit of a mystery? I’m really disappointed to see a growth because we run some pretty effective programs to get people off the street.”
The mission offers 68 beds in their women’s pavilion; they also have a transition program with 40 beds.
Women in downtown shelters told CJAD they’ve seen quite a few new women looking for beds and that they’re scared for the safety of those who end up spending the night on the streets.
“We have to open more centres where women can sleep at night,” Monique, who stays at one of the shelters, told CJAD. “I would like to ask madame Marois to try and help the people in the street.”