Families Downtown was born in 2013 of the desire and commitment of community partners to build a more organized structure to better serve the families of Peter-McGill.
Already, some partners were meeting annually in the nineties as part of a small coalition coordinated by the CLSC Métro. However, recognizing the multiple different needs of the families in Peter-McGill, a bigger coalition of partners in early childhood development was started in 2013 to better respond to these needs.
As such, in 2013-2014, a group of partners undertook an intensive process of collective work to co-create an ecosystemic strategic plan, financed in large part by Avenir d’enfants.
In June of 2014, Families Downtown received the financial support of more than 167 000$ per year for three years by Avenir d’enfants to support the initiatives outlined in their strategic plan. Thanks to this financing, the partners of Families Downtown have undertaken actions that touch on issues from food security, reaching isolated families, and preparing children for a successful start to school.
Moreover, the Peter-McGill Community Council, in existence since 2002, supports the different coalitions in the district (youth 12-30, homelessness, cultural diversity, etc.) in the interest of creating a better of quality of life in Downtown Montreal.