Mainstay and Houselink’s boards are proposing to join together as one organization.

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It’s a big opportunity that will open doors for you and many others who need housing and support.

We hope you find all the information you need on these webpages as we prepare for a tenant member vote on November 26.

We will add more information to these pages as we hear more from you. We want to make sure you get answers to all of your questions.

We will also update you on this page if anything changes due to new pandemic restrictions.


What joining together means

Joining together means that Mainstay and Houselink would become one organization. We would have one Board, one Executive Director, and one administration for both organizations.

Joining together is a choice that both Boards support.

Tenants have a say

You will have input and support at each step along the way. Not only can you vote, you’ll have a voice in shaping service standards and programs, if the vote is yes.

Upcoming Vote – November 26

Tenants in both organizations will vote on whether the two organizations should join together. We are planning to hold the vote at the AGM on November 26 Tenants will be given the option to attend and vote in person or online.

RSVP by November 6: Tenants who want to attend the AGM and vote on joining together must RSVP by talking to their Supportive Housing Worker or calling Mainstay at 416.703.9266 ext. 400.

We will make sure we follow all public health guidelines.


Why join together

Mainstay and Houselink have the same goals. Joining together means we can achieve our missions. Together, we will be stronger and have a bigger impact on those we serve.

It’s more important than ever that we become one organization. The way housing and mental health are funded is changing dramatically. Our core funders are helping organizations like us who are forward thinking to make the changes we need to survive and thrive in this new environment.

Together we’ll be able to:

  1. Reduce homelessness
  2. Improve participant support
  3. Have access to more funding
  4. Provide more and better housing
  5. Be able to respond to funder expectations

How joining together is good for tenants

Joining together opens doors to more opportunities for you.

  • Better upkeep and repair of units and buildings: improve our standards for maintenance.
  • More access to programs and services.
  • Better services: We’ll be sharing best practices with each other and adopting what’s best.
  • Opportunities to transfer among more buildings.
  • Access to funding, so we can do more for you. In fact, we’ve already received more funding even as we plan to join together. It’s already working!

How to find out more

  1. Visit our FAQ page to get more information.
  2. Call or email your Supportive Housing Worker.
  3. Visit www.houselink.on.ca to learn more about Houselink Community Homes.
  4. Keep coming back to this webpage. We will continue to add more information.

Important dates

  • November 6 – last day to RSVP to attend the AGM and vote
  • November 26 – Mainstay Annual General Meeting and Tenant Vote to join together
  • Starting December – work together to shape the new organization (if a yes vote)
  • April 1, 2021 – Official legal date of joining together
  • After April 1 – continue to work with tenants to shape the organization