A new program has been launched in Quebec with an aim to help newcomers find affordable housing. Finding an affordable housing in Quebec has always been a serious challenge for newcomers when they arrived in Quebec for the first time.
The new project, named ‘Housing, key to a successful integration’, will help newcomers find affordable housing without much hassle in the province. The project is being run by the Fédération des Coopérativesd’HabitationIntermunicipale du Montréal Métropolitain (FECHIMM), a non-profit focusing on social housing. The City of Montreal and the Immigration Ministry of Quebec are financing the project.
The ultimate aim of the project is to help new immigrants integrate better and faster to the Quebec society. Under the program, newcomers would receive knowledge on affordable housing options as well as support throughout the process of finding an affordable home in Quebec.
FECHIMM has already made clear the purpose of the project, which is not to have more social housing units but to integrate newcomers better. The program will give newcomers an idea about social housing, co-ops in Quebec and how non-profits operate.
FECHIMM is the largest co-op housing federation in Quebec. As part of the program, it will work with partners to educate and share information with newcomers.
Most of the newcomers to Quebec, almost 70 percent,prefer to settle in the city of Montreal. Often they are compelled to spend an excessive amount on money on housing. FECCHIM’s project hopes to bring an end to this problem. According to FECHIMM’s data, around 20000 families live in around 600 co-ops in the Montreal area.
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