Sherbrooke adopts study commission into local housing crisis

By Michael Boriero, Local Journalism Initiative
Sherbrooke adopts study commission into local housing crisis

Sherbrooke has adopted a special study commission into the local housing crisis that has afflicted the city, and most of the province, in hopes of finding a solution for individuals, couples, and families who continue to live on the brink of homelessness.
According to a press release, the commission will submit recommendations to the city council by June 2023. The city will then be able to better assess the situation and implement the recommendations in a sustainable manner. The study will be conducted by an external party.
“The creation of this commission with a specific mandate is once again proof of our leadership on this issue. We will have an accurate picture of the situation that will allow us to intervene even more effectively in the area of housing,” Mayor Évelyne Beaudin said in the press release.
The city has entrusted two commissioners to oversee the study: CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS Public Health Director Isabelle Samson, and Jacque Côté, a retired social housing worker. Sherbrooke has also allocated $25,000 from its budget to bolster the study commission.
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