Sainte-Émélie Residence: Significant benefits for the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district

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Despite the pandemic, positive things are happening at Sainte-Émélie Residence, which formerly belonged to the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) and is currently owned by Habitations AccessLogis.

For the past few weeks, the residence’s facilities and equipment, including refrigerators have been used to store food for vulnerable families in the area. Pandemic or not, issues regarding access to food are at the heart of the concerns of the people of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and, in general, the eastern part Montreal. Prepared meals are thus stored at Sainte-Émélie Residence prior to being distributed by volunteers from community organizations, including the YMCA.

At the same time, the non-profit organization “Carrefour Parenfants” moved temporarily into the Sainte-Émélie Residence on June 1st.  The mission of this organization is to improve the well-being of families by promoting the development of children. It provides support to parents in their parenting responsibilities and their personal development.

In addition, the publication of an article in the newspaper Métro Media provides the latest details on the development of the project that focuses on a socio-community and intergenerational vocation that will be carried out in several phases. Even though the financial figures haven’t been finalized, despite the pandemic, the project is set to start this year.

Moreover, the public filing of the deed of acquisition for the second part of the land, at an extraordinary meeting of the borough council on May 20 th, is a good sign. This is one of the final steps before the official signing of the sales contract,  which was  announced last December. This signature will definitively close the purchase and offer a new green space to the people of the area.

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