Community groups urge officials not to cut support for most vulnerable amid recovery from COVID-19 – Montreal

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Montreal community leaders are calling on governments to ensure they care for the city’s most vulnerable as talks to rebuild the economy continue.The homeless population is one of the groups that has been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, said Nakuset, executive director of the indigenous women’s shelter.

The shelters are operating at a partial capacity to comply with physical distancing measures and, as a result, Nakuset said, some homeless people are on their own.

“I really hope they consider new services, that they find the money to help them,” Nakuset said of governments, adding that frontline workers need to be part of the planning.










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However, supporters fear cuts in services are underway because governments have run up large financial deficits with emergency spending. The federal government has said Canada could see its deficit climb to $ 343 billion this year.

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Dolores Chew, a founding member of the South Asian Women’s Community Center in Montreal, said staff at community organizations were sufficiently “exhausted.”

“They work from home, they get stressful calls all the time,” Chew said.










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“People are in a panic, they don’t know where to go, there are language issues, so we have filled all these gaps.”

Global News reached out to the federal and provincial governments for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.

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