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Opening of the new Montreal Wet Shelter at the Old Brewery Mission – Montreal


A new wet shelter has opened at the Old Brewery Mission designed to help some of the most vulnerable homeless people better manage their drinking and take control of their lives.

About 30 spaces have opened where consumption is permitted in a private space under the supervision of Montreal health care workers.

Not all venues are full yet, but officials expect demand growth and a high turnover rate.

“We have people who come and go, who try a little, not necessarily because they are not there at the moment and who come back,” Élaine Polflit, worker at the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île- de-Montréal, said at a press conference.

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The pilot project is the first in Montreal.

The Old Brewery Mission hopes to build on the experience of other wet shelters across the rest of the country to make this one a success.

“We have seen other examples in the other five provinces where this is actually happening with tremendous success in this regard. So we’re really excited to bring it to Montreal,” James Hughes, president of the Old Brewery Mission, told Global News.

People who qualify for the program must do so voluntarily and they are not required to be enrolled in a drug treatment center.

Health officials say forced interventions often fail.

“We know from research that there is a population whose drinking problem is so severe and so chronic that asking them to go through something mandatory is impossible to work,” Polflit said.

The program is only available to homeless adult males, but there are plans to eventually expand the wet shelter to females as well.


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