Les Fondations du Quartier Phase II (in progress) – OBNL d’habitation. Source : Campanella & Associés

The housing assistance service is open to all, targeting mainly newcomers and low-income people. Whether in person, by phone or via our website, we are here to provide you with information and guide you in your search.

Depending on your needs, we can direct you to various additional resources.

Emergency and Temporary Housing

Are you looking for a place to sleep for the night or a short-term accommodation? Please find, below, a list of housing resources. But you can also contact us for more information on our rooming houses vacancies.

Maison Poincaré, 28 rooms for single men without children, monthly rental.

Maison Prud’homme, 15 rooms for single women without children, monthly rental.

Les Maisons de chambres de HCDN, for single persons, mixed-sex.

Auberge de jeunesse HI-Montréal
Auberge De la fontaine
Auberge Le bleu balcon
Au GitAnn B & B
Auberge Montréal
Le Cap Saint-Barnabe
Maison Marguerite de Montréal
Abri d’espoir de l’armée du salut
Association d’entraide Le Chaînon
La rue des Femmes de Montréal
Pavillon Patricia Mackenzie
Projets Autochtones du Québec (PAQ)

Social and Community Housing

In Quebec, community housing is an alternative to private for-profit housing and HLM-type, subsidized public housing. Community housing is made of collectively owned housing units located within either a housing cooperative or a housing nonprofit. In addition to providing affordable housing, both legal formulas—cooperative and nonprofit—encourage residents to take responsibility for their living environment, through direct or indirect participation in the management of their housing project. Creating of this type of housing involves commitment from civil society actors, injection of public funds and challenging the market logic. As such, community housing is a form of social innovation in its consumption, production and governance structures. Bouchard, M. J., Frohn, W. & Morin, R. (2010). Le logement communautaire au Québec : apports et limites d’une innovation sociale. Lien social et Politiques, (63), 93–103.

These dwellings cater to families, single people, seniors with slight loss of autonomy, and people with special needs (homeless people, women victims of violence, people with mental health issues, etc.).

Cooperatives and housing nonprofits serve low- and middle-income households, while low-rent housing projects generally target very low-income households.

The Rent Supplement Program allows low-income households to live in private market rental units, or housing cooperatives and nonprofit organizations units, where rent is similar to that of low-rent housing. Tenants on this program pay a monthly rent equivalent to 25% of their income.

For more information, please visit the OMHM website.

For a social housing project or a community project to see the light of day, it needs to be handled by a group (COOP, NPO or OMHM). ROMEL meets those groups to define their objectives and to accompany them through the project developments until they’re ready to manage it all by themselves.

ROMEL’s Technical Resources Group (GRT) works hard to develop new community housing projects. Its support mandate goes from exploring land opportunities, coordinating production to acquiring and managing the building. Whether it’s about a new construction project or renovations, we’re talking projects that can take years to achieve.

However, the offer renews itself constantly so it’s in your best interest to apply for our next housing project that meets your needs!

If you are interested to be part of a group for the implementation of new project, contact us!

How to apply for affordable housing

ROMEL contributes to the development of new affordable housing units in Quebec. Once you fill out an application form, it goes on a waiting list. Your information is forwarded to various housing committees, cooperatives and nonprofits that are looking for new members or tenants. The information you provide is only used for housing search and statistical purposes.

Online Housing Application

Contact the housing committees in the neighbourhoods where you want to live. Download the contact details of the Montreal housing committees.

Contact existing housing cooperatives or nonprofit organizations directly. You will easily find their contact details on the federation websites.

Community housing projects select their members and tenants themselves, according to their own policies. We forward all applications with matching characteristics to specific project selection committees.

If your needs match the criteria of a project under development, you may also be invited to an information session before the selection process begins.

An online housing application does not automatically give you access to a housing unit. You only get contacted if your application meets the criteria and availability of a specific community housing project.

Private Market Housing

The housing scarcity is worsening in several cities of Quebec, and particularly in the Montreal area, where the vacancy rate fell again this year to its lowest level in 15 years, at 1.5%. Meanwhile, the average rent has increased by 3.6% (CMHC data, 2019)

Under these circumstances, finding a place to rent can be tough, and it’s normal.

Our resources: ROMEL works in close collaboration with several organizations that own apartment buildings and can help you find a home that meets your needs. Feel free to contact us.

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Other Housing-Related Services

Mediation services:

Are you going through a difficult situation with a neighbour or your landlord?

ROMEL can help you, especially with the following:

  • Good neighbour relations
  • Landlord/tenant relation
  • Intercultural communication

Fill out the form to make an appointment with us.


6555 ch. de la Côte-des-Neiges, suite 400 Montréal, Qc H3S 2A6

Opening Hours

Monday-Thursday 9am-12pm 1pm-5pm Friday until 4pm


514-341-1057 # 200 information@romel-montreal.ca