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CDN-NDG hires homeless, unemployed people to distribute borough flyers

The borough of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce has partnered up with community group L'Itinéraire to provide jobs to the homeless or unemployed.

Borough teams up with L’Itinéraire to fight poverty and social exclusion

L'Itinéraire on hiring homeless, unemployed to distribute borough flyers

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The borough of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-De-Grâce has partnered up with community group L'Itinéraire to provide jobs to the homeless or unemployed. 1:27

The borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce has partnered up with community group L'Itinéraire to provide jobs to the homeless or unemployed.

The new employees will go door-to-door to give out information flyers to residents about everything from boil-water advisories to new compost pick up dates.

"When people come to L'Itinéraire, they're looking for a way to get their life back, to do something, to work, to find themselves in society," said Charles-Éric Lavery, the head of social development.

"We want to offer more possibilities and the distribution for the borough was a way to offer something else."

Ray Adam first walked through the doors at L'Itineraire in March, homeless and hoping the community group could help him find a job. He was hired for the flyer distribution project.

He says he's faced a lot of stigma, having lived on the street.

"When you don't have a permanent address, a lot of businesses don't want to hire [you] because they think you are lazy, you don't want to work, you're an alcoholic or a drug addict," he said.

This partnership is the second for L'Itinéraire. It received a contract for a similar project from the City of Montreal in April.

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