STM opening metro stations as shelters for homeless during freezing weather

Dec 22 2017, 4:17 pm

STM metro stations will serve as shelters for the homeless during the cold winter months.

STM has teamed up with several other organizations to provide those in need with a warm place to stay and social services at various metro stations. The initiative has been in place for five years.

Social workers will also be on site offering those in need a shuttle service when the stations close for the evening.

“Homelessness is a complex social phenomenon that challenges many key players in society and for which responsibility is shared,” said STM president Philippe Schnobb in a statement. 

“As a result, STM is working with various partners in the community to implement concrete measures such as the Old Brewery Mission shuttle service for the winter period, the presence of the Médecins du Monde mobile clinic at various locations downtown since 2013, and the ongoing social mediation with the SDS that began five years ago.”

Last week, The City of Montreal and the CIUSSS of Center-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréais announced the opening of shelters warming centres for the homeless as temperatures drop.

A total of 925 emergency winter shelters will open for the homeless during the winter of 2017/2018.

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