“Je persévère et je découvre qu’au CJC j’ai plus de forces en groupe que seule” ” I persevere and I discover that at the CJC, I have more strength in a group than alone”
Jacques-Cartier Centre is a notable housing organization in Québec. They focus on youth engagement in governance with their youth tenants. Residential and Community Centre Jacques-Cartier is a multiservice center for young adults aged 16 to 35 years in Québec City, and includes 27 units of social housing transition, a coffee bar, a wood shop, a circus arts program, community garden and kitchens, and initiatives related to arts.
Residential Component: approach “life plan” and support the voluntary tenant – Young people seek to achieve the life goals they set for themselves within a supportive environment that promotes collective thinking, the empowerment and the ability to act in person.
Impact in young people:
- Prevent homelessness among at-risk youth through transitional housing
- Stability with respect to housing and organized activities of daily living asset to find a job or complete his studies
- A positive and welcoming environment to relax, be creative, and develop a sense of belonging
- Accept the rights and responsibilities as a tenant
- Become agents of positive social change within the community.
- CJC operates in a converted school property and played a role in revitalizing its downtown neighbourhood
- Many of the CJC activities have impacts beyond their walls
- This is an innovative social housing project in Québec
- Their approach is integrated into a community development approach