While the demolition of their building in Longueuil can take place at any time, a Moroccan family has still not found an apartment to relocate. She lives in fear of the arrival of bulldozers and is forced to heat herself with the oven.
“We’re the only ones left of the building. We’ve been looking for months, but we can’t find anything. No one wants a family with three children and because for the moment [my wife] is not working, “Ismaël Lahmoum told Journal de Montréal. This Moroccan father has been living with his wife and their children aged 14, 12 and 6 for two years in this building and was due to vacate the apartment on September 30. According to the city’s land register, the Longueuil seniors’ residence acquired the building last May.
Asmae Zoihid said her family has researched and visited intensively for the past four months without finding large enough accommodation that fits her budget, still stretching up to $ 1,300 per month. “We’re ready to move into a smaller apartment to stay in the neighborhood, because the kids go to school next door, they have their friends and their bearings. It’s not easy for them either, even if they understand the situation a little bit, ”she said.
For the past few days, this family has been living in difficult conditions. She can no longer heat the apartment as she did before, the gas being turned off. “Now we have to turn on the oven and leave the door ajar. We have no choice but to do this to stay warm, ”says Ismaël Lahmoum. A painful situation for this family who has lived on the South Shore of Montreal for 14 years.