Societe du Patrimonie de Montreal
Organization profile published 1982

Year Published:  1982  
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2655
Inactive/Defunct Organization
Abstract:  In May 1979, a contract was signed in Montreal which saw CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) buy some 700 commerical and residential units in the downtown area to be turned over to the nearly 2,000 residents on a collective, non-profit basis. This act was the direct outcome of a long and often bitter fight between citizens and developers going back to the 1960's.

The contract was signed with SPUM (Societe Du Patrimoine de Montreal) in which CMHC recognized SPUM as the organization which would hold the properties on an interim basis as they are turned over to residents in the form of co-ops and non-profit housing corporations. Among the goals and objectives of the project are that no resident will have to move because of economic reasons, that properties will be owned and administered on a non-profit basis, and that ultimate control will be in the hands of the residents. Another important goal is to provide for the renovation of all houses, using various government subsidy programmes.

One particular model being used to address the housing needs of the elderly in the area is that of an o.s.b.l. (non-profit housing corporation). At present, several community groups, churches, and agencies are co-sponsoring such a project at 3555 and 3565 Jeanne Mance Street, an older three storey apartment building that will be renovated into fifty-four 11/2 and 21/2 room apartments. A full range of amenities designed for the elderly will be incorporated into the renovations. This initiative is seen as a significant step in providing an alternative to the present trend of the "white painters: (middle class returning to the central city) pushing elderly out of their homes and neighbourhoods.

This organization no longer exists.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1982.
See also CX2239.

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