Very little rental housing can be found in the southern West Island region. Social housing and co-operatives are virtually absent in this area.
A significant number of tenants in the southern West Island spend over 30% of their income on housing and when the cost of maintaining a household is this high, less money is available to cover the cost of food, medication, education and other essential costs of living. In municipalities such as Kirkland and Baie d’Urfé, the percentage of tenants who live in unaffordable housing is as high as 54% and 57%, compared to 41% in the rest of Montreal.1. Rental accommodations are rare and more costly than in Montreal – the proportion of rental housing varies from 6% in Kirkland to 41% in Sainte Anne-de-Bellevue, compared to 61% in Montreal2. Homelessness, especially in the form of couch-surfing, is a growing concern in the West Island, especially among the youth.
During public consultations with the citizens, affordable housing was one of the priorities identified for the southern West Island. A working committee has been formed and its role is to elaborate and implement an action plan in order to see improvements in housing situation in the area.
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1Source: Census of population, 2011.
2Source: Census of population, 2011.