General description

All units are accredited for the Rent Supplement Program operated by the Municipal Housing Office. People with low incomes can receive this assistance which limits their contribution to the rent to 25% of their income.

  • Acquisition date: December 5, 2012
  • Renovation: March 1, 2013 to October 30, 2014
  • Date of activation: November 1st 2014
  • 21 rooms with a bed and fixed furniture with storage space, a kitchenette including hob, sink and fridge, shared bathroom, laundry room in the building.
  • Address 1524 Aylwin street, Montreal (Qc) H1W 3B9
  • District: Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
  • Phone: 514-903-7073 – Fax: 514-875-5871
  • Structure: Social housing with community support
  • Services: 21 permanent housing in rooming house, community support
  • Team: 1 general manager, 1 project manager, 1 community worker, one selection committee, maintenance worker, volunteer

Project Objectives

  • Provide 21 furnished rooms (bed, kitchen) in a safe and functional environment;
  • Provide tenants with housing conditions likely to improve their security, their independence, residential stability and encourage their integration into society;
  • Provide necessary support services and community support to residents to consolidate their residential stability and social reintegration.
  • Save rooming houses whose sustainability is highly compromised.

Residents’ profile

Eligible applicants who submit a housing application and meet the following conditions:

  • Being 18 or older;
  • Living alone ;
  • To be eligible for rent supplement program;
  • Have a low income.

Vilavi’s goals by engaging in a new rooming house project in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district are:

For the immobilization:

  • To acquire, renovate and maintain the vocation of an existing rooming house
  • Offer people at risk of homelessness a stable long-term solution: 21 units renovated rooms;
  • Provide people who have completed their treatment and reinsertion a subsidized and safe housing;
  • Offer bathrooms and sanitary facilities on each floor and a laundry room.

Rooming houses have many benefits for customers of the organization. The urban environment, with its residential and commercial mix offers close public transportation and many community and institutional services.

Moreover, preservation of housing units for low-income individuals strengthens social and economic diversity of downtown jeopardized by the gentrification of the neighborhood and speculation for construction of private condominiums. Therefore, the project also prevents the increasing number of single people left homeless.