ORIGIN OF THE PROJECT AND HISTORY
"In 2009, my physically disabled daughter and I searched for several months for an apartment with services that would allow her to live independently and continue to live an active life.
After six months of fruitless searching, we decided that Melanie would live independently in her own apartment and that her family would provide the support services she needed.
We realize that this is not a sustainable solution if Melanie’s health deteriorates or as our capacity to help her is reduced as we age. Mélanie’s biggest fear is that she will eventually have to move into a CHSLD.
To offer a different solution for her and others, we decided to begin the process of developing an adaptable housing project with services that would offer residents the opportunity to live independently and autonomously."
-Lorraine Lebel, Founder and President
ÉquiToît officially became a non-profit organization on July 14 2017. However, work started in January 2014 with the creation of a committee made up of physically disabled people and natural caregivers, as well as representatives from the Centre de réadaptation Lucie-Bruneau and the CSSS Cavendish.
Our project was based on Habitations Pignons sur roues. It seeked to meet the needs of people with limited mobility who wanted to live in NDG or in the surrounding neighborhoods. However, since development opportunities for social housing in Montreal are very rare, and even more so in the target area, we extended our search for real estate to the center- west and center-south of the Island of Montreal.
In december 2017, we learned that the SHDM had vacant apartments in a building situated at 4400 West Hill in NDG. It was an extraordinary opportunity, especially since the SHDM was willing to reserve them, while we found the financing for the 24/7 home care services. Negociations with the Réseau de la Santé et des Services sociaux started in December 2017 and continued until July 29 2018, when the MSSS authorized our project for 7 residents. On September 4 2018, ÉquiToît signed an agreement with the CIUSSS centre-ouest of the island of Montreal (CIUSSS-CODIM) who will provide the home care services for the clientele. Integration of the project will take place gradually during the fall of 2018 and winter of 2019, as the adaptations of the apartments are done.