November 12, 2019
The thick blanket of snow covering Montreal has arrived earlier than usual, and while most people have a safe, warm place to spend the night, there are at least 3,000 who do not.
Most of Montreal’s emergency shelters for the homeless have been near or at capacity since the summer ended, and the situation isn’t getting any easier now that cold weather is gripping the city.
There aren’t always enough temporary beds to go around, forcing homeless Montrealers to wait out the night in warming stations provided by various organizations.
Luckily, an overflow shelter at the former Royal Victoria Hospital will re-open for the winter, but despite the Remembrance Day snowstorm, it won’t be available earlier than planned, as organizers are still getting it ready.