The Old Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal has doubled the number of beds available in its second consecutive year of operation as an emergency shelter for the homeless, but it’s only supposed to serve as an emergency shelter.
Last year, the shelter had 80 beds. That number has gone up to 150 beds this year. The shelter is receiving about 130 to 140 people on a nightly basis, reaching close to its capacity.
“The answer isn’t more shelter beds, the answer is more housing. It’s unacceptable [that] in 2020 people [are] living on the streets in Montreal,” said Sam Watts, CEO of the Welcome Hall Mission.