Montreal is set to join other Canadian cities in offering a space where homeless people suffering from alcoholism can drink in a controlled environment.

The so-called “wet shelter” is part of a three-year, $7.8-million plan the city announced Wednesday to help its homeless population. There is also a goal of building about 950 social housing units designed to help people get off — and stay off — the street.

Serge Lareault, commissioner for the homeless, said the $7.8 million will be distributed to different community organizations that offer varying services to people who sleep outside.