Sherbrooke: a homeless camp is growing

Sherbrooke: a homeless camp is growing

MISE & Agrave; DAY

In Sherbrooke, the makeshift camp erected by itinerants under the Joffre Bridge is growing, while the cold sets in and the dismantling of the site is assessed by the authorities.

Under the Wellington Street bridge, dozens of homeless people have settled down and are preparing to spend the winter there. “In my tent I have mattresses, blankets, sleeping bags. I even have enough to warm myself up with a car hubcap and rocks, ”Jimmy said. He does not complain, but dreams of the day when he will be able to live in an apartment: “Apartments in Sherbrooke are way too expensive!” We can't afford that with our welfare check. “

At lunchtime, we ran into André who regretted that “the resources in Sherbrooke are lacking. […] But when I see the generosity of Sherbrooke residents who bring us wood, clothes and food, it warms my heart “, he added.

” Me today I brought a tent and inflatable mattresses. No one deserves to be cold in the winter. Unfortunately our elected officials act as if it did not exist, but it does exist and more than we think ”, declared a citizen who came to bring donations.

This situation is reminiscent of that of the camp Notre-Dame in Montreal last year, which was dismantled. In fact, the dismantling of the site under the Joffre bridge in Sherbrooke is one of the scenarios considered. The City, the CIUSSS de l'Estrie-CHUS and the Table d'itinérance de Sherbrooke are working to find the best option for this clientele.

“They need this place, they have no one. else to go, believes Ronald Landry, a member of Hope Community Church. We often have someone here to provide security. If the City lent us a building, we would be ready to help. But until then, I think they should stay here. “

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