(Sherbrooke) The building that housed the Home Poirier at 400 Galt Street West, at the corner of St. Louis Street may soon be converted into a church. A rezoning application has been made for this purpose by the Breath of Life Church, which wants to settle there for its activities. The two floors and the basement would be occupied for the construction of an assembly hall, classes of worship, a multipurpose room and a thrift store.
For the moment, housing and trade are allowed in the former premises of the Home Poirier, not the uses associated with worship and community activities. A request for a zoning change is necessary to allow the use of public buildings and community organizations and offices. The use of public buildings includes such care centers, rehabilitation and accommodation under the auspices of a public body. According to the executive summary submitted to the City Council last Monday, “it should prohibit” these uses because of their authority in many areas of the city center.
However, the demand receives a positive recommendation because “the project keeps the presence of a community assistance organization in an area where there are a fragile population.” It is noted among other in 2010, households in the area had a median income of between $ 14,763 and $ 30,899, up from $ 44,551 for all households Sherbrooke.
It is also reported that the project “allows reuse of a community use building rather than involve the transformation of a residential building as was the case a few times in the past.”
A public consultation on this project will take place on March 22 at 18: 30 pm at the office of the Borough of Mont-Bellevue.
Change to the Sharing Saint-François
Meanwhile, the temporary accommodation service for homeless people in the Home Poirier will be transferred to home Wilfrid Gregoire, a little further east, in the coming months. This is an important step in a restructuring that began there more than three years for the St. Francis Sharing organization.
The CEO Sebastien Laberge does not hide the lack of funding has primarily motivated this structural change. Despite all the changes, it ensures that the support offered will remain the same.
“Our formula, which is recognized, will not change. We only move a few blocks away. We will have the same team, the same intervention. We’ll even provide six additional beds, “he said.
By selling the building of the Galt West and concentrating services at two sites instead of three, the organization has more financial flexibility to accomplish its core mission. Process needed to absorb income losses in the sale of items users among others.
“The move will also enable us to increase the profits of the family counter. We will be on a commercial street with easier access to parking. The premises will be available to new, more accessible market. We will have a warehouse to better manage the inventory. It will be much easier to find an article, “says Laberge.