The STM is expanding its outreach work to help the homeless sleeping in its metro stations.
At a press conference this morning, the city, the public transit agency and other health and development groups said there will be a closer partnership between them in order to get the homeless out of the subway and into resource centres and shelters.
Using mobile clincs and the Old Brewery Mission's shuttle bus, the plan's proponents think this will be a better way to ensure that the people who need help are getting it faster, easier and more directly.
Mayor Denis Coderre says the time to act has passed. What's needed now is action.
"We have to think about housing policy," he says. "We have to think about dignity with a job."
Five stations will now be part of the network. They are: Berri-UQAM, Bonaventure, Atwater, McGill and Place des Arts.
The project will last for a minimum three years.
Photo courtesy La Presse