Province releases homeless strategy

Quebec's homeless population will be a priority for the provincial government.

The PQ minister of Social Services Veronique Hivon presented a new comprehensive strategy to tackle the issue. 

She says that requires a multi-faceted and well financed approach.

There's more to the problem of homelessness than a lack of homes - although more of those are coming.

Last week the provincial government announced money for 500 new units dedicated to the homeless.

Hivon says that's a good start. More measures are coming in the next few months.

"The action plan is coming, and it will be really comprehensive, with measures concerning all the different priorities, not just housing and health," she said.

She believes access to stable income, access to services and breaking free from a cycle of legal issues are also part of the solution.

She added that the government is also looking into creating a new survey of the homeless population in order to get a better idea of how to help them.

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  1. George73 posted on 02/27/2014 05:39 PM
    No doubt the intention is good but the timing is suspect.

    The PQ strategy seems to be do nothing for 12 months, then suddenly act like a government just before an election i.e. tax payer $ funding a yet to be announced election compain,
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