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Prevention Emergency Rehousing


It’s never too early to break the cycle of homelessness!

The old saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” describes this objective in full. Our prevention services aim above all to prevent people from experiencing homelessness, by reducing the risk factors that can lead to it. We would like to have a real impact on reducing the number of people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming so.

Programs and partners

Our Prevention service works with our Housing Support Services team and key partners to develop and maintain programs that help keep at-risk people from becoming homeless.

  • Program

    Après l'ombre

    The Après l’ombre program supports people leaving prison, a population at high risk of homelessness.

  • Partner


    We have partnered with the Regional Program for the Settlement and Integration of Asylum Seekers (PRAIDA) to help asylum-seekers find housing.

  • Program


    The Passerelle program targets households at imminent risk of homelessness identified by the Office municipal d’habitation de Montréal (OMHM) in order to keep them from becoming homeless.

  • Program


    Our program, called "Keychain," was officially launched at the beginning of October 2023 in collaboration with the Office municipal d'habitation de Montréal (OMHM).

  • Partner

    LI-BER-T House

    Through our partnership with LI-BER-T House, we help women who have experienced addiction problems find permanent housing.

  • Partner

    Nazareth Community

    Our collaboration with Nazareth Community increases the supply of adapted housing solutions for vulnerable clients with mental health and dependency problems to prevent them from becoming homeless.

  • Partner

    Logis Rose Virginie

    This partnership aims to prevent homelessness among young women aged 18-24 who are at high risk through Logis Rose Virginie’s housing options.

  • Partner

    Maison du Père

    Our reciprocal agreement with Maison du Père makes it possible to find the best option for every person who knocks on our door.

Prevention by the numbers

2022-2023 was the first full year of operation for our prevention service.

  • 90

    referrals received by the prevention service

  • 17

    people moved into adapted housing

  • 10

    people moved into Old Brewery Mission community housing

I never would have thought I’d find myself in this situation, having never been in a shelter or on the street, but a few bad choices can change everything... Finding your service has been a great gift.
Monsieur T.
Accompanied by our prevention services in 2022

The Québec Homelessness Prevention Policy Collaborative (Q-HPPC) is a joint partnership between the McGill Department of Equity, Ethics, and Policy (DEEP) and the Old Brewery Mission (OBM). Founded in 2021, the Q-HPPC is a cross-sectoral policy collaborative focused on homelessness prevention.

The Q-HPPC brings together members from academic institutions, community groups and the public sector to consider options and develop evidence-based recommendations for tangibly advancing policy reform in support of homelessness prevention in Québec. The Q-HPPC promotes an intersectoral model and works to elevate homelessness prevention as a critical policy concern. The Collaborative, led equally by university researchers and community leaders, is made up of distinct working groups who focus on provincial policy intervention for homelessness prevention. This collaborative model mobilizes knowledge across sectors to create a cohesive vision of prevention that addresses many of the pathways into homelessness.