A Brief History

Our story began in February 2007 with an information session in a church basement led by l'Abri en Ville from Montreal. This meeting led to other meetings, on a monthly basis, and the growth of a community of people dedicated to providing affordable housing and a supportive community for people living with mental illness. In the Fall of 2007 we held a visioning retreat at which we articulated our mission, values and principles, and vision. In 2008,we chose our name, became incorporated, elected our first board of directors, opened an office, hired a coordinator and were registered as a charitable organization.

In September 2009 we set up our first home; renting a three-bedroom condominium on Jasmine Crescent from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). In October, 2010 we opened our second residence in the west end of Ottawa and in November 2011 we opened our third residence in the same neighbourhood. In December, 2012 we opened our fourth residence in Parkwood Hills and in November 2013 our fifth residence was opened in the west end of Ottawa. We continue to grow by opening one new residence each year. All of our residences are three-bedroom townhomes.

We feel very encouraged and excited by our first few years, and thankful for the inspiration, advice and on-going support of l'Abri en Ville. We expect to open more three-bedroom homes in the future, as we move forward and grow with our community.