New program to fight homelessness inside Montreal’s metro system

Global News

MONTREAL – For close to a year, 21-year-old Caitlin Murphy has spent two days a week inside the Place Des Arts metro station, speaking with and getting to know homeless people.

Close to 400 men and women she met later agreed to medical consultations and other forms of help.

The pilot project has been a huge success.

“It’s not the miracle solution to homelessness that’s for sure,” Murphy told Global News.

“But we’re able to give them services they need on the spot.”

Murphy’s work has been so successful, it’s being extended another three years.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and Immigration Minister Diane DeCourcy were on hand at a news conference for the announcement.

“The time has come for action,” Coderre told reporters.

“As mayor of Montreal, this is my priority.”

Murphy, a worker at the St-Michael’s Mission Shelter, will be getting some help: she’ll be joined by two other…

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