Construction on the new Maison de Lauberivière is slated to begin in March in the St-Roch neighbourhood of Québec. The government-funded building will feature 131 rooms for emergency and support services for homeless or vulnerable individuals, and 18 transitional housing units for people living with a mental health condition.
To complete, Maison de Lauberivière will require a total investment of nearly $32.5 million— $30.4 million of which will go toward the residential portion.
The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Andrée Laforest, confirmed that the Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ) will provide a grant of over $20.5 million, of which $20.4 million will be coming through the AccèsLogis Québec program. The SHQ is also securing the loan taken out by the Lauberiviève organization.
“I applaud the perseverance of the members of the Lauberiviève organization, who have made tireless efforts for years in order to create an extraordinary living environment for individuals who are experiencing homelessness or who have mental health conditions,” said Laforest. “The vital financial assistance provided by the Société d’habitation du Québec contributes to supporting people in difficulty in the Québec community.”
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), announced a contribution of close to $4.4 million through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund, under the National Housing Strategy.
For its part, the Mayor of the City of Québec, Régis Labeaume, confirmed the city will contribute $5.3 million toward Maison de Lauberivière, which will be located on the block bordered by Fleurie, du Pont, X’ian and Mgr Gauvreau streets.
“La Maison de Lauberivière is a key partner for the City in terms of community action toward fostering solidarity and a feeling of security within the community,” Labeaume said. “In addition to providing food and shelter to vulnerable individuals, it breaks their isolation and shows them a path toward possible reintegration. We all win when we support la Maison de Lauberiviève and its projects.”
The new building is scheduled for completion in January 2021.