The mayors of Drummondville, Granby and Sherbrooke joined forces Tuesday in front of Partage St-François to stand with community organizations in the Estrie, pushing for more support as the provincial budget is being prepared.
“We can immediately see the impact on the street,” explained the mayor of Sherbrooke, Évelyne Beaudin. “People experiencing homelessness need a variety of services that they don’t always have access to. Last fall, we had service breakdowns at Partage Saint-François, among others,” she said, pointing to the closure in April, 2021 of IRIS Estrie because of a lack of funding. “If they’re not there to do interventions, testing, and distribute preventative material, who will do it?”
It’s like that for community organizations in all sectors, Beaudin said, referring to Jevi’s pared down services, and overwhelming requests for affordable housing from L’association des locataires de Sherbrooke.
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