Montreal needs to provide fans for seniors low-income HOUSING, says the opposition

Montréal doit fournir des ventilateurs aux aînés des HLM, dit l'opposition

MONTREAL | City of Montreal should quickly provide fans up to seniors who live in public HOUSING and who are the least able to get out because of the COVID-19, believes the opposition party, All Montreal.

While 35 % of the cases of COVID-19 identified in Montreal relate to persons aged 70 years and over, the opposition at city hall requires the Office municipal d’habitation de Montréal (OMHM) will provide fans to elderly people in its 132 buildings who request them.

These people can not get out in the malls and in public places with air conditioning to cool off, since the majority of those are closed because of the COVID-19.

“People are confined in their homes; we want fans to be provided to these vulnerable persons, has explained the councillor Chantal Rossi. These people have the right to have a certain comfort, a fan, this is the least of things,” added the elected for the borough of Montreal-North. She reminds us that Montreal has seen the hottest day in its history in may, during the period of a heat wave last week.

Cool HLM

In the medium and long terms, the official opposition requests the administration of the mayor Valerie Plant to deploy an action plan to fill each of the slots 132 towers HOUSING for seniors in the territory of a system of air conditioning. “On an annual budget of $ 6 billion, I believe that the City can pay it to our seniors, this is the least of things,” explained Chantal Rossi.

Some residents of low-income HOUSING already have an air conditioning system, but can not install it; their families can’t come help because of the COVID-19 and janitorial services for these buildings do not take this task in charge.

An additional amount of five dollars per month is required for tenants who have an air conditioner in the HLM because of the costs of electricity consumption high for this type of device.

All Montreal will table a motion at the next city council to be notably distributed to fans in low-cost HOUSING for seniors.

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