Brick by Brick is a community housing project and social center that is being built in Parc Extension to meet the needs of its diverse residents.
Starting in the winter of 2018, Brick by Brick will offer affordable well-maintained apartments as well as shared space where activities can be made accessible to the community at large.
Winner of the Smart Cities Grand Prize 2018 and the Next City Big Idea Challenge 2017
Brick by Brick issues community bonds to finance community housing. These bonds generate a steady revenue for investors and offset the negative impact of gentrification by building accessible housing for low-income tenants.
Each bond you buy helps to finance a building that will:
- Provide affordable housing, accessible creative facilities, childcare and food security.
- Bring together a diversity of people who face systemic discrimination in a supportive environment that facilitates personal growth.
- Engage residents in Brick by Brick management and offer training to ensure their success.
After your bond matures, you get back whatever you put in, plus interest.
“As a former resident of Parc-Extension, I can attest to the need for affordable housing in the neighborhood. The bonds offered by Brick by Brick can help mitigate this need, while providing a stable and socially responsible return.”
“I invested in Brick by Brick because I am a Parc-Extension resident who believes in the power of collective organizing and action to ensure accessible, affordable, and healthy housing in our community.”
Amy Miller | Award-winning media maker and social justice organizer based in Montréal
“I am investing in Brick by Brick because it is a unique opportunity to offer direct financial support to the community I live in, through a project that is building sustainable alternatives to the gentrification that increasingly threatens the safety and livelihoods of low-income Parc Extension residents.”
Helen Bradley | Human Resources Director, POP Montreal International Music Festival
“Governments have greatly decreased subsidized community housing. Brique par brique focuses on racialized members of our community and like other wonderful affirmative action projects it encourages a fairer opportunity for healthy housing arrangements! Community Bonds are a great way to actualize such projects."
Arlene Zimmerman | Receptionist-Office Clerk
“I’m excited to invest my money in Brick by Brick because I think access to stable and secure housing is essential for people’s well-being. It makes me so happy to feel that my money will help make this beautiful project happen. I’m confident that the team will make this project a reality and insure that it continues to exist in accordance with the values of equity, empowerment, and sustainability that it currently embodies.”
Frank Suerich-Gulick | Founding member of Le Coteau vert Housing Cooperative
“In a time when our economy is becoming more and more extractive, projects like Brick by Brick are incredibly important. I'm thrilled that my savings can help build community well-being from the ground up, and so excited to be a part of this project.”
“Why not emphasize community, solidarity, and self-management in housing? Brick by Brick offers an inspiring approach. Buying a community bond has been one step towards supporting Brick by Brick's team in their vital work.”
Sydney Hart | PhD Student, Cultural Studies, Queen’s University
“I invested in Brick by Brick because I love my city and it feels as though the pace of change in Montreal is accelerating. This change is making many neighbourhoods less accessible to people who are already living in those areas. In the absence of political will to help communities stay rooted in their neighbourhoods I think we, as neighbours and citizens, need to step in and do our part to support initiatives that are helping maintain, build, and empower communities.”
Carlo Primiani | Engaged Montrealer
As a series of digits on a web banking screen, my money's value is hard for me to grasp. Supporting a community project that has concrete social and economic merits for local residents gives those digits potency!
Gabriel Townsend Darriau | Planner in local environmental initiatives
"I can't believe we have to do this ourselves. Housing is a human right. But Park Exers can't count on governments to ensure decent and affordable housing. So my family is happy to help our neighbours by investing in Brique par brique."
Sasha Dyck | Local resident
"I was stoked to hear about Brique par Brique, it's not often that we get to invest in projects that are socially responsible and empower those directly affected."
Natasha Klein-Panneton | Montrealer
“Finally an opportunity to pull my money out of big financial institutions that are only after profit! With Brick by Brick, I'm helping families establish themselves properly in my neighborhood, Parc Extension”
Diane Gariépy | Local resident
"Precarious housing is at the heart of rising social inequality. Socially responsible investing projects such as Brique par brique are a small but concrete step towards a more just distribution of security and decision-making power."
Abbie | Montrealer
“I had been searching for something like Brick by Brick as a place to invest. Ultimately there are effects from where we put money, and this project results in many of the extremely important values that more conventional investing disregards: locality, solidarity, culture. Brick by Brick fills a hole.”
Michael Eddy | Local resident
In order to bring together diverse talent from the neighborhood, we are organizing a big garage sale and bake sale, along with a program of performances, on Sunday, August 26, from 11 AM to 5 PM. The bazaar will take place on the terrace of La Place Commune Coop, at the corner of Querbes and St-Roch.
About our building
Brick by Brick will house low-income tenants and help to keep Parc Extension diverse and dynamic for generations to come. We believe that innovative approaches to social change are the key to turning today's challenges into opportunities.