BENNY FARM SECTOR
Benny Farm is one of the four key sectors in NDG. The steering committee is in the process of changing the Benny Farm map to include all the residents and partners that we work with. The new neighborhood boundary includes; Terrebonne St. on the North and Sherbrooke Street W. on the south and Madison Av.on the East and Prince of Wales Av. on the West. The Council approached various stakeholders and key actors within the community including residents and partners working in the sector in order to voice their concerns and visions for Benny Farm
Portrait of Territory
MOBILISATION: Residents Initiatives, Activities, Events, Projects
Community garderns, Community clean-ups, arts and crafts activities for children, community meals, literacy activities and door-to-door outreach on the topic of neighborhood security walks. Among the many achievements of this past year, perhaps the most significant was the increased capacity of Benny Farm residents to organize events and activities in concert with one another, and to do so with increased autonomy. Every year, the committee looks forward to plan and/or participate to these very popular activities; Chinese New Year, Skate exchanges, Sugar Shack visit, Borough meetings, Jane’s Walk, Clean-up Day, Parking Day, Halloween, Holiday events,etc.
○ The situation at Project Chance had improved but not to the point of being habitable over the winter months.The Council worked with the residents, the city of Montreal and FOHM to help with the relocation. Many families were able to relocate in NDG and Cote St Luc. However a number of families opted to move out of the area due to the price of apartments.
○ Neighbourhood support for the families at Project Chance was overwhelming. Each family received a financial donation from a neighbourhood initiative. The buildings of Project Chance are now closed.
○ Neighborhood party August 17, we had 10 partners and 180 participants.
○ Worked with engaged residents and partners to support housing projects and the needs of their board of directors. Met once a week for 2 months.
○ Supported different groups at the very start of COVID-19
○ Created a summer arts camp with the support of Sherbrooke Forest. The Council provide supervision to the two summer students who ran the camp (8 kids per week for two weeks) 23
○ The parents at Benny farm Sherbrooke Forest were surveyed about the value of the camp. Approximately 75% indicated that they found the experience to be priceless and a blessing.
○ Strong links were made with the city of Montreal inspections department, Multi-caf, FOHM, SAPA, Project Chance and the CIUSSS.
○ Supported the Depot at the markets at Herbert Outerbridge Park.
○ SHDM is a new partner that is open to working together and they have allowed us to continue to use the space at the tenant center. ○ Of particular note there are also lowlights in Benny Farm, the neighbourhood has suffered two substantive losses of which we cannot ignore. Project Chance is closed and we do not have the community worker at Sherbrooke Forest.
CONCERTATION: Benny Farm Collective (BFC)
Benny Farm Collective members:
• Benny Sport Complex
• Chez soi: non-profit housing for autonomous seniors
• Claude-De-Mestral Housing
• Cooperative housing Zoo and Benny Farm
• Cultural Centre & Benny Library
• Habitation Communautaire: NDG's Affordable Homeownership Project
• Monkland Community Centre
• On Our Own(O3): subsidized and supported housing for young families at risk
• Prevention NDG-CDN (TANDEM & ECO-QUARTIER)
• Private condominiums
• Project Chance: subsidized housing for single mothers who are returning to post secondary education
• Sherbrooke Forest Housing
• Tango: subsidized and supported housing for people with disabilities
• Veterans housing