11 July 2017
The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) has recently joined forces with Spectre de rue to find a sustainable solution to issues related to homeless people and drug users near the Jacques Cartier Bridge (Montréal sector).
Spectre de rue is a non-profit organization that has been working in Montréal’s Centre-Sud area for more than 20 years, helping marginalized individuals in the downtown core struggling with drug dependence, prostitution, homelessness and mental health issues. The organization’s aim is not to remove marginalized individuals, but rather to offer support and direct them to the proper resources. Spectre de rue also works to raise awareness and educate the public and neighbourhood on the challenges these individuals face in order to foster better coexistence.
In concrete terms, the partnership will allow teams of social workers to go out into the streets and neighbourhood, where they will reach out to people at odds with or outside society’s structures, while also forging relations with members of the local community (e.g. residents and merchants), who live alongside these individuals.
In the past weeks, Spectre de rue has held two training sessions to teach JCCBI teams about marginalized individuals’ reality and provide our workers with the tools to respond effectively in the field.
To assist the partnership, the Social Support Committee has been set up, with representatives from JCCBI, Spectre de rue and other neighbourhood partners.