There should be a tower 1.7 km high to accommodate low-income households in Montreal

Il faudrait une tour de 1,7 km de haut pour loger les ménages à faible revenu de Montréal

MONTREAL – A gigantic tower, 566-storey rising to 1.7 km of height at the centre of the city of Montreal would be required to successfully host all of the low-income households of the island.

In order to visually represent the housing crisis, which is shaking more than ever, the metropolis, the Grouping of committees, housing and tenant associations of Quebec (RCLALQ) released Tuesday, an artist’s striking of a high-rise apartment overlooking the city centre of Montreal.

The technical characteristics of the building are breathtaking. With an area of 19 620 square meters (140 meters on a side), the building would include a total of 11.1 million square meters of living spaces and common areas.

In comparison, the Place Ville-Marie, located just to the side of the image, rises to only 188 meters high and has approximately 2670 square metres of office space on each of its 46 floors.

The RCLALQ has determined the size of the building based on the number of low-income households in the urban agglomeration of Montréal. According to the Montreal metropolitan Community (CMM), there were, in 2016, 148 085 households were paying more than 30 % of their gross income on housing. No less than 28.3% of the households in the urban agglomeration of Montreal found themselves in this situation, according to the CMM.

“With the pandemic that is raging, this number is certainly much higher. Many households have recently lost their income and now find themselves in a precarious economic situation”, is also worried about the body.

By calculating that, on average, households are 2.2 people requiring 60 square meters of living space, the RCLALQ has estimated that about 8.9 million square meters would be needed to house everyone comfortably. To this surface is added to 25 % of space for common areas.

The housing crisis has caused much ink to flow in the last month in Montreal, while the vacancy rate of dwellings is below 1.5 %. This shortage has the effect of making skyrocket the price.

“The units still available are either too expensive, too small or in poor condition. The pandemic is exacerbating the housing crisis, which will have consequences very damaging for households in low-and moderate-income”, has denounced the RCLALQ in calling for the imposition of a form of price control of rents and the construction of more social housing.

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