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Montreal’s transit authority allows homeless to take refuge from winter cold

A homeless person sleeps at the McGill station in Montreal's Metro, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017.
In this file photo, a homeless person sleeps at the McGill station in Montreal's Metro, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Global News

Montreal’s transit commission is once again allowing homeless people to take refuge from the cold in its subway stations this winter.

President Philippe Schnobb says that while most cities remove homeless people from train and subway stations, the Société de transport de Montréal takes a different approach.

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For the last five years, the commission has teamed up with social organizations to offer services to the homeless at several subway stations.

These include sending social workers to the stations and offering a shuttle service to local shelters once the transit system shuts down for the night.

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Last week, the City of Montreal announced it was investing $778,000 to help its homeless population this winter season.

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Their measures include hiring outreach workers, providing funding to the shuttle service and opening beds at emergency shelters.

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