21-22 October 2013
In the context of the Community of Competence Tomorrow's Habitat, a delegation led by Maurice Charrier, who is one the animator, has visited some members and partners of INTA in Montreal, Quebec.
Housing people in precarious situation remains a policy priority in mature economies; European States and Quebec are facing similar challenges; the difference is not in the policy objectives but in the means used to implement sustainable and affordable programs.
The delegation of INTA members and practitioners met their counterparts in Montreal, Quebec, discussing approaches and solutions with key public actors such as the Housing Society of Quebec (SHQ) in charge of the housing policy of the whole Province, the Housing Association of Montreal, and the Directorate of Housing of the City of Montreal.
Social Housing financing system is closed to the US system with a mix of housing vouchers for residents and rent supplements directed to the developers. The Federal and Provincial Governments cover the operating deficit for 90%. Quebec housing policy supports a wide range of community initiatives and the INTA delegation visited several housing projects run by not-for-profit associations and housing cooperatives.
One of the major housing issues Quebec is facing is the switch from a housing-management-based to a habitat-service-based approach. Segmentation of the social housing residents is made with the purpose to provide more services matching the needs of specific groups (aging people, single mothers, mentally diminished people...).
The delegation continued its trip to North American going to Cleveland, Ohio, with several technical presentations to the INTA-NAHRO Summit on housing and urban regeneration.
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