By Michael Boriero
The Association des locataires de Sherbrooke (ALS) and Projet Appart have called on the next federal government to hold a public inquiry into the housing crisis across Canada.
According to Projet Appart spokesperson Samantha Watson, there are still 40 people in Sherbrooke that are either homeless or temporarily displaced since July 1. They are handcuffed by landlords imposing strict rules, and soaring rent prices.
“Most of the time if you go on Kijiji for Sherbrooke, you can see the apartments, you can get a loft for $1,000 each month, it’s too expensive. You can easily imagine a five and half it will be more expensive than $1,000 each month,” said Watson.
There are 13 large families in the mix, too, she added, and many landlords are refusing to accept children in their buildings. The city of Sherbrooke has attempted to accommodate low-income families by building habitation à loyer modéré (HLM).
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