A little more than a month before it’s forced to move, a west-downtown shelter considered indispensable to some of Montreal’s most marginalized homeless men and women believes it has found a new home.

Despite the Open Door developing a reputation as one of the most welcoming homeless refuges in the city — often taking in those who have been turned away elsewhere — the shelter’s directors have experienced a different attitude while scrambling to find a new location: opposition and resistance.

“The challenge is that no one really wants a homeless centre in their backyard,” said assistant director David Chapman Monday morning, sipping coffee from a Styrofoam cup while a steady stream of clients made their way into the day centre. “People will say they’re concerned about homelessness, but as soon as you ask if you could set up a centre in their neighbourhood, things tend to stop.”