Mainstay and Houselink are now one organization!

Latest news

  • As of April 1, Houselink and Mainstay are now one organization. For tenants, this does not change your housing nor your rent. You will still have access to supports you have now. You can still contact Mainstay in the usual way.
  • The new Board of Directors appoints Gautam Mukherjee to be the Executive Director for the joined organization. Helen Cheung of Houselink will be the Senior Director Support Services working closely with Gautam.
  • On Tuesday, January 12, 88% of Mainstay tenants who participated in the Annual General Meeting (AGM) voted in favour of joining with Houselink Community Homes.
  • With Houselink’s 84% positive vote from November 25, tenants from both organizations have now approved moving forward.

We will keep updating this page with more details and progress as we have them.

Joining with Houselink Next Steps

Now that tenants from both organizations have approved moving forward with joining as one organization, there is lots to be done and decisions to be made. Here is a highlight of some of the first steps.

  • Seek formal approval from our funders at the Ministry of Health and the LHIN (Local Health Integration Network)
  • Complete due diligence work, such as reviewing financial information from both organizations. If anything comes forward that puts Mainstay at risk during this process, we will not move forward with joining together. Note, this is unlikely to happen.
  • Complete legal requirements to official become one organization.
  • Bring together the first board of directors of the new organization to begin making plans and setting next steps.

Learn more about Gautam and Helen

Gautam Mukherjee, who is the current Executive Director at Mainstay, will continue as the Executive Director for the new joined organization. You can learn more him by reading his bio.

Helen Cheung will take on the role of Senior Director Support Services. She will work closely with Gautam as Houselink and Mainstay are integrated together. Read more about Helen in her bio.


What joining together means

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

Joining together is a choice that was supported by both Boards and tenants from both organizations voted to approve.

Tenants have a say

The vote on whether or not to join together was only the first step. You will have input and support as we look for opportunities for how our new organization can better support you. For example, you’ll have a voice in shaping service standards and programs and permanent by-laws.

Tenant engagement is likely to come in the fall. Stay tuned.

The New Organization’s First Board of Directors

Prior to the tenant vote on whether or not Mainstay and Houselink will become one organization, members from each of the boards created a Joint Governance Committee to discuss what a new board would look like. The Committee came to agreement about: how many Directors would be needed to launch the new organization; the balance between residents and non-residents, and the skills that would be required.  Both full Boards then approved the proposed Board slate.

The new board has:

  • 10 directors
  • an equal representation of tenant members and community members
  • an equal representation of Houselink and Mainstay members

The members of the first Board of Directors for the new joined organization include:

Leslie Gash, Chair, former Mainstay director, Community member
Stephen Rogers, Vice Chair, former Houselink director, Tenant member
Joann Sochor, Treasurer, former Houselink director, Community member
Drew Baillie, former Mainstay director, Community member,
Gord Singer, former Mainstay director, Tenant member
Peggy Mooney, former Mainstay director, Community member
Carole King, Mainstay tenant and former Mainstay and Houselink’s director, Tenant member
Phillip Dufresne, former Houselink director, Tenant member
Linda McNeil, former Houselink director, Tenant member
Andy Ip, former Houselink director, Community member


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

  • April 1, 2021 – Official legal date of joining together and meeting of the first board of directors
  • After April 1 – continue to work with tenants to shape the organization

Joining Together With Houselink

This ASL-interpreted video provides general information about Mainstay Housing and Houselink Joining Together.