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Canada How Montreal shelters are helping homeless people get access to voting

08:20  14 october  2019
08:20  14 october  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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Robert Brunet was homeless for six months, during which time he stayed at the Maison du Père shelter on René-Lévesque Boulevard East.

"[Homeless people] listen to TV and radio, and they have political opinions — and they want to vote, that's for sure," Brunet said.

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Some people who are actually homeless are willing to accept help wherever they get it, but the homeless people who are is very important to help homeless people because if you were one of them imagine how hard is to walk without shoes in the street or slepping in the middle of the night, in

By starting a homeless shelter , you are helping people who are in the need of a home. Most homeless shelters are associated with municipal governments or churches and they fund their activities by getting funds from government and other donors that support their cause.

Now, he works for Elections Canada to help let people without a home know they can register to vote, even without a fixed address.

Maison du Père is one of the locations homeless people can register as their address, with a confirmation of residence letter, so they can vote.

Sam Watts is the CEO of the Welcome Hall Mission, another location people who are homeless can register as their address.

"People who are experiencing homelessness are just like you and I," Watts said. "They have perspectives and they should have the right to vote."

Watts said as of Sunday, about 50 people had registered to vote. He's hoping to get upwards of several hundred people to exercise their democratic right by Oct. 21, the day of the election.

On election day, a polling station will be set up inside Maison du Père for those registered there.

Brunet says this helps people experiencing homelessness avoid the sometimes intimidating prospect of standing in line with the general public.

"For certain people experiencing homelessness, it can be uncomfortable to the point that it becomes an obstacle for them to exercise their right to vote," Brunet said.

Voters coming from the Welcome Hall Mission will go to a nearby polling place, and staff can help them get there to cast their ballot.

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