ROMEL was founded in 1984 by the following 7 organisations : L'OEIL, CLSC Côte-des-Neiges, la Maison Internationale de la Rive-Sud,  YMCA International, l'Hirondelle, la Communauté Laotienne du Québec et La Maisonnée.

These organisations were deeply preoccupied with housing issues related to the various cultural communities; they wanted to be able to rely on an organization that can offer expertise in the field and serve the needs of their clients in all housing related matters.

R.O.M.E.L’s initial role was to fulfill that mission, by gathering and centralizing all housing-related information and to consequently diffuse it to its founding organizations. And to offer training and workshops to the social agents working at the respective founding groups. 

In 1986, R.O.M.E.L  in an effort to respond to the growing needs of  its clientele, translated  various publications in 5 languages.

R.O.M.E.L ‘s mandate grew , so as to go beyond disseminating the information on housing , and to start actively working in the creation of social housing opportunities for the various  cultural communities. Through this initiative R.O.M.E.L took the lead, in collaboration with other technical resource groups, in creating the first multiethnic housing cooperatives in Montreal.

R.O.M.E.L’s outreach efforts with various governmental agencies regarding the housing needs of cultural communities were rewarded in 1985. The minister of cultural communities and immigration gave its recommendation to the Société d’Habitation du Québec by virtue of the CIPACC [1] report, to recognize the ROMEL as a Technical Resources Group (TRG) dedicated to serving cultural communities.

In 1986, the Société d’Habitation du Québec officially declares ROMEL as a full-fledged Technical Resource Group with a special mandate.

By 1990, ROMEL proudly delivers its first of many housing cooperative projects: La Coopérative des Ethnies, in St-Laurent. This was jointly developed with Groupe CDH, one of four Technical resource Groups in Montréal.

In 1992 ROMEL signs an agreement with the minister of cultural communities and immigration to offer information sessions to newly arrived immigrants on  housing related issues, so as to better facilitate their integration, as well as creating a housing database.

In 1997, ROMEL received the financial support of Centraide du Grand Montréal to help sustain its newly developed housing database.

In 2000, ROMEL undertook the initiative of restructuring its services and updating its working tools and its staff training programs.

In 2005, ROMEL the restructuring initiative culminates in the creation of  a strategic plan that seeks to redefine ROMEL’s mission and services.

Once more, in 2006, ROMEL received the financial assistance of Centraide in support for one of the programs included in the new mission the housing database. This project aimed at creating a computerized, relational database to record information on housing applicants and housing availabilities in Montréal.

Sadly in 2007, ROMEL lost a valued team member and friend, Carlos-Maria Passo, who was deeply dedicated and involved in the communities’ well-being.

On the 26th of September 2007, ROMEL proudly celebrated its 23 years of successful community engagement. The event was held at the prestigious City Hall of Montréal and it hosted government and municipal representatives, as well as individuals from private and community sectors.

click here to view pictures of the event.