West Island residents fight social housing project aimed at giving working Canadians a helping hand
Some residents of a suburb in Montreal’s West Island have come out in strong opposition to an affordable housing project that would help working, lower-income Canadians get back on their feet.
It was someone informing her of a new social housing project in the area that would convert a seniors' residence into an apartment complex for working Canadians who, despite having an income, are struggling to pay rent in the midst of a housing crisis.
Now Mayor Paola Hawa is working to explain to residents that this project is not a halfway house for people with criminal backgrounds or substance abuse issues.
Non, mais j'hallucine? "On ne veut pas d'appartements abordables pour des familles de la classe moyenne qui travaillent et qui ont juste besoin de respirer un peu et qui aimeraient ne pas passer 80% de leur salaire en loyer/hypothèque de fou because... drugs?" Caliss.
J'habite un quartier de NIMBY aussi. A la dernière réunion municipale ya un gars qui disait qu'il voulait pas de condos pour remplacer une vieille église a cote de chez lui parce que les habitants de ces futurs condos pourraient regarder ses enfants se baigner dans leur piscine a partir leur fenêtre. Je sais pas si il avait déjà entendu parler du concept de piscine publique.
Lol, as a resident of Sainte Anne, the area already has a mix of income levels. Hopefully they don't stop for just a 160 signatures, of which the majority is probably from that dumb Facebook group where they spend all day bitching about the slightest thing.
As somebody who lived in Ste Annes all their life (both in the north and south neighborhoods), I find it rich that they would be opposed to a social housing project since a lot of people in the south neighborhood would benefit since there are a lot of low income people who are routinely being priced out by rent increases and John Abbott and McGill students who move in every year.
160 people is not a lot of people, so I believe that mayor Hawa will push through regardless, and I'd love to know where those people live because that old folks home barely has any neighbors who are already considered low income. This is just NIMBYism pure and simple and no one was opposed when they sold the old forested land near Saint-Georges to make townhouses or the land next to the veterans hospital to make mega condo towers.