About Us

Mission Statement

“Habitat Services strives to improve the quality of housing for tenants marginalized by poverty and their mental health status by contracting with landlords and providing recovery based support”.

History

In the 1980s, advocates, mental health workers and housing providers voiced serious concerns about consumer/survivors of the mental health system being housed in boarding homes with very poor living conditions. Habitat Services was established in 1987 to help address these concerns and improve the quality of life for tenants.

The City of Toronto, the Ministries of Community and Social Services, Health, Housing, the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto and the Supportive Housing Coalition discussed strategies.  They developed the concept of using a contract to standardize services and improve housing standards in boarding homes.  The details were worked out in consultation with consumer/survivors, advocates, representatives of the provincial and municipal governments, mental health workers and boarding home owners/operators.  The result was the Habitat Services contract model.

Funding

Habitat Services is funded by the Toronto-Central Local Health Integration Network.  The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the City of Toronto jointly fund the subsidy program.

The Local Health System Integration Act, 2006 requires that the Local Health Integration Network and the Health Service Providers enter into a service accountability agreement. To read the Multi-Sector Service Accountability Agreement (M-SAA) between the Toronto-Central Local Health Integration Network (TC-LHIN) and Habitat Services (Mental Health Program Services of Metropolitan Toronto), please click here.

Accessible Customer Service Policy Statement

Habitat Services (“Habitat”) will endeavour to provide its goods and services in a way that respects the independence and dignity of all persons and encourages integration and equality of opportunity.  Habitat is committed to preventing, identifying, and removing barriers that impede the ability of persons with disabilities to access our goods and services.