In order to contribute to the implementation of solutions adapted to the needs of people experiencing episodic or chronic homelessness in the Montreal area, Vilavi has developed a specific offer in terms of housing with community support.
Vilavi commitment to offering housing for unprivileged people in several housing residences in downtown Montreal is supported by facts that demonstrate for this type of project a clear, strong effect to increasing their quality of life.
To better meet the needs of homeless people or at risk of homelessness and offer them additional services in housing with community support, Vilavi decided in November 2007 to create a Quebec charter to develop in a more specific way this aspect of his work. Vilavi Quebec was incorporated on January 11, 2008 under the Quebec Companies Act, Part III (L.R.Q., chapter C-38, section 218).
On March 12, 2008, Vilavi’s Board of Directors signed an agreement with Service Canada, as part of the Homelessness Partnering Initiative, to proceed with the acquisition of a rooming house and operate in a perspective of support for vulnerable people.
On March 28, the Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ) and the City of Montreal confirmed their participation in the project to renovate the building and operate it under the “Accès Logis” program. Thanks to this complementary agreement, the 20 rooms will be administered as social housing, subsidized to guarantee a rent corresponding to 25% of the tenants’ income.
To date, Vilavi offers 41 housing units with complementary community support services in social housing and an additional 25 units will be available by the summer of 2020.
To carry out these projects, Vilavi calls on the following partners: Atelier Habitation Montréal (Technical Resources Group, non-profit organization, in charge of design), Société Habitation du Québec (Public body in charge of bank guarantees and subsidies), Le Integrated University Center for Health and Social Services of the South-Center of Île-de-Montréal (Community Support Funding), Caisse d’économie solidaire and National Bank (private funding partners), Montreal Municipal Office of Housing (Public body, operating partner). The natural partnership with the network of community organizations allows recruitment activities to be carried out.