Montreal’s Chez Doris invests in housing to support homeless women – Nunatsiaq News

Oct 5, 2022

Montreal shelter raises $15M to address homelessness among vulnerable women, with plans for more

Growth can be a good thing — but for the people who run Chez Doris, expanding into temporary and transitional housing for vulnerable and homeless women wasn’t quite the type of growth they had in mind.

Chez Doris has operated as a day shelter for vulnerable and marginalized women in Montreal since 1977, offering clients meals, temporary shelter, medical services and clothes.

But the steady rise in the number of women experiencing homelessness in Montreal over the past few years has prompted the organization to expand into real estate, acquiring properties for overnight shelters, transitional housing and subsidized rentals.

“The pandemic changed absolutely everything,” said executive director Marina Boulos-Winton.

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