The Old Brewery Mission is Montreal’s largest homelessness organization.
The Old Brewery Mission works with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Montreal, providing concrete support for their sustainable reaffiliation and housing stability. We are an important player in Montreal’s social ecosystem, contributing daily to improving urban health in the city through prevention programs, emergency services with psychosocial support and rehousing initiatives.
As defined by the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal, which is responsible for Montreal’s homeless file, “the urban health approach seeks to encourage the adaptation of health and social services, environments and policies to better meet the needs of the population living in an urban environment. The ultimate objective of this approach is to improve the population’s health by reducing social and health inequalities and to make the city more resilient when taking on adversity and social-sanitary threats.”
Sustainable reaffiliation is a direct response to disaffiliation. Disaffiliation, the ultimate cause of homelessness, is defined as “the gradual retreat caused by an accumulation of events in a person’s life journey that leads them to break ties with the people and resources of their entourage.” We want to help disaffiliated people reconnect in all areas of their lives: family, friends, health, employability and so on.
Our mission is to end the cycle of homelessness. To do so, the Old Brewery Mission addresses the challenges of social precariousness through an intervention model focused on urban health and sustainable reaffiliation.
Every person experiencing or at risk of homelessness must be able to live with dignity in a secure, permanent home.
Read about more than 130 years of Old Brewery Mission history.