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
The information obtained from the census tract and the door-to-door outreach done in the area provided strong evidence that intervention is needed on the ground. Benny Farm has the optics of being rich in resources; Benny Farm has the largest number of social housing in the neighbourhood, a community centre, a youth health centre, a library, sport centre, cultural centre, public transportation, a good food market, grocery stores and a pharmacy. Our scope has shifted to include Madison, West Hill, Montclair and Walkley (Between Sherbrooke and De Maisonneuve). The priorities in Benny Farm are insalubrious conditions in housing, housing projects that collapsed, income disparity, food security, mental health support and drug addiction.
- Community gardens
- Clean-up Day
- Arts and crafts activities for children
- Community meals
- Lunar New Year
- Skate exchanges
- Sugar Shack visit
- Borough meetings
- Jane’s Walk
- Parking Day
- Two neighbourhood committee meetings; 3 individual meetings with partners, a statistical portrait, door to door on Madison, building relationships with partners city wide. Creating links with the concierge and the owners of buildings on Madison and 6310 Sherbrooke St W. We worked with all of the landlords that had to evacuate, we made links with other social housing organisations to help keep residents in NDG.
- Working with SHDM to find a solution to the waste management situation within Sherbrooke Forest to create a liveable outdoor environment. We aim to work together to resolve these issues as it has a strong impact on the immediate neighbourhood.
- Residents of Benny Farm actively benefits from the Good Food Market.
○ 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 Sherbrooke Collective
- CJE NDG
- Head and Hands
- O3 On Our Own
- Prevention CDN NDG
- NDG Housing Table
- Logis Action
- St Monica’s Church
- Eva Marsden Center
- The Depot Community Food Centre