They are fleeing the city: three sisters leave Hochelaga to live to nine under the same roof

Ils fuient la ville: trois sœurs quittent Hochelaga pour vivre à neuf sous le même toit

The pandemic has prompted three sisters to Montreal to settle down in a house in Pointe-Fortune, in Montérégie, they become intergenerational to live with their mother, children and grand–parents, nine under the same roof.

The sisters Laurin lived in the same building in the district of Hochelaga, in Montreal, until last march. The three girls of 31 years, 28 years and 26 years, helped each other and were all the days.

It must be said that they are all studies and that two of them are single parents, with a toddler each.

When the pandemic broke out, they anticipated that they would not be able to move from one accommodation to another because of the confinement, and then were afraid that the situation degenerates.

“When parts of Montreal, it is because it was scary. We were scared for our children, we were scared for us. We had the impression of being encabanées, ” says Vanessa Debellefeuille-Laurin, 31 years old, a student in education and is the mother of a boy of 18 months.

Intergenerational property

The three women rented out already to their mother, a house received as an inheritance to Pointe-Fortune, a village of just 500 inhabitants.

The latter greeted them with open arms. It is thus that the idea of an intergenerational property has germinated in their minds.

“Me, I’m well happy. I told them to come before the Montreal firm, ” says Manon Coupal, mother of the three women.

A fourth sister, Sarah, who lives on the side of Cowansville, Montérégie, preferred to remain at home near his work.

Their grandparents, who had already planned to move in with Ms. Coupal prior to the pandemic, joined them at the beginning of the month of June.

“For a long time, it was out of the question that my grandparents, my mother, my aunt, moved into NURSING because I am able to take care of them “, explains Audrey Laurin-Coupal, who is a trained nursing assistant.

The expansion work will begin in August, will take place over approximately two months and will increase to more than $200 000.

At the end of their term, the house will have 10 rooms, three bathrooms, and facilities for the loss of autonomy, such as ramps and a bathroom adapted.

See the stars

In Pointe-Fortune, the sisters Laurin enjoy the tranquility, nature and friendliness of the village.

“The cars that go by, these are people who live here, and everybody knows everybody. It really is the day and the night, with Montreal, points out Vanessa. And I’m not saying that I don’t like Montreal, I lived there for 15 years and I loved the city. It was my home and I never thought I’d come back here. Ever, ” she says.

But the health crisis has made him realize that she had lost sight of the most important things in life.

“It was a muffled sound of water. We hear the birds. We see the moon, the stars. Our children had never seen the stars before coming here. It is another reality. ”

Cramped in the meantime the work of their home

In the meantime the expansion of their home inter-generational, a family of nine people to stick together, literally, in a house of three rooms and a bathroom.

“It is sure that there has been skirmishes, but we love it and it is not rancunières,” said Audrey Laurin-Coupal, a mother of a little girl of three years.

With her two sisters, Arianne and Vanessa, and son of 18 months of this last, they have moved into the house inhabited by their mother and her spouse, Pointe-Fortune, Montérégie.

The expansion work that will begin in August, will allow them to live comfortably under the same roof. But, in the meantime, everyone lives close.

Vanessa, Audrey, and their two children share a room.

The youngest of the three, Arianne Laurin, 26 years old, is located in a tent outside.

The family has made him a floor temporary and has brought his bed and his mattress.

“I don’t see that as a problem. For real, I’m really well outside, ” said the student enrolled in a diploma of vocational studies (DEP) in the kitchen.

His grand-father, 80 years old, has a small cabin luxury in the court with his bed, his tv, the cable, its chair and its air conditioning.

His wife of 75-year-old has a room in the house, as the mother of three daughters and his spouse.


For the family, the last few months have been the ultimate test.

“There, we lived in a small house at nine, with three bedrooms and a bathroom, and we manage to not kill each other. When are we going to be rendered in a large house, there will be no problem, ” says Vanessa.

At times, the lack of privacy was felt, but the sisters feel that they quickly adapted.

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