Montreal is being shortchanged on emergency funding meant to go toward fighting the spread of COVID-19 among its homeless population, according to three experts on homelessness.

If the situation isn’t rectified soon, hundreds more people will end up living on the street before the pandemic is done.

Montreal homeless haven’t seen ‘one penny’ of emergency funds: shelter director

Nearly two months ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Quebec would get $21 million in funding to make sure the homeless have a place to sleep and other essential services throughout the pandemic. Since 70 per cent of the province’s homeless population lives on the island, the city’s shelters assumed they’d be getting the lion’s share of that money.

Instead, the Quebec government transferred less than half of the federal package to shelters in Montreal.