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 on 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.
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.