Types of housing

The OMHM offers five types of housing for different kinds of tenants.

Low-rent housing

The OMHM administers 20,810 low-rent units and rooming houses in Montréal's 19 boroughs and five municipalities.

Low-rent housing rent is equal to 25% of the tenant's household income.

Two public housing categories have been established to meet tenant needs: one for families and people living alone and the other for independent seniors.

  • Public housing for families and people living alone

There are 9,603 low-rent units on the Island of Montréal for families, couples, and people living alone. Apartment size and number of bedrooms depends on household make-up.

  • Public housing for independent seniors

The OMHM administers 11,002 low-rent units for seniors. These apartments provide homes for independent individuals aged 60 or over. Low-rent units for seniors are grouped in apartment buildings with elevators and common rooms. 

Read more about the low-rent housing program


Now that the LAQ program has ended, the OMHM continues to develop its housing properties through the AccèsLogis Québec program.

AccèsLogis Québec is a financial aid program that encourages the pooling of public, community, and private resources. It aims to support the creation of public and community housing for low and modest income households or for tenants with special needs.

Thanks to AccèsLogis Québec, housing departments, housing cooperatives, and organizations or non-profit purchasing corporations can carry out public and community housing projects with contributions from their local community.

Habitations Gérard-Lefebvre
The first OMHM building to take advantage of the AccèsLogis Québec program, Habitations Gérard-Levebvre consists of 123 homes in the Lachine borough (see photo). The OMHM hopes to carry out other building projects through the AccèsLogis Québec program over the coming years.

Project in development
On September 16, the OMHM also held an offical groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction work on its new building located in the Côte-des-Neiges – Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough. This project, which will be co-owned by the OMHM and the borough, will house 67 affordable homes managed by the OMHM as well as spaces on the ground floor and in the basement that will be available for use by community organizations.

The OMHM is building these new homes through the AccèsLogis Québec program of the Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ) with technical resources from ROMEL, the Regroupement des organismes du Montréal ethnique pour le logement. (Press release - In french)

Seniors residences

The OMHM has more than 1,259 assisted-living residences for people aged 60 and over. These apartments have one or two bedrooms.

Visit our 10 ENHARMONIE seniors residences, which provide newly built assisted-living apartments.

Read more about the LAQ program

Affordable housing

The OMHM has 440 affordable housing units for families and people living alone. These homes, which do not include services, have from one to four bedrooms.

Unlike low-rent housing, affordable housing rent is not based on household income. It is fixed for the duration of the lease and set at a below-market rate, while still enabling self-sufficient funding of administration and maintenance expenses. Rent varies by building, location, and unit size.

The OMHM began building affordable housing in 2003, under the city's Opération Solidarité 5,000 logements.

Read more about the LAQ program

Rent supplement program (PSL)

Apartments in the rent supplement program (PSL) are homes on the private market that have been reserved by the OMHM and offered at a price equal to or less than the market's median rental cost.

Tenants pay rent equal to 25% of their household income.

Read more about the rent supplement program (PSL)

Other types of units

Immeubles Benny Farm, acquired by the OMHM in 2007, is a complex of 237 high-quality apartments available to all prospective tenants.

These modern, accessible homes, built by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the Canada Lands Company (CLC) in 1997 and 2000, were originally designed to house World War II veterans.

The addition of Benny Farm to the OMHM housing stock has increased the number of apartments available to people on our waiting lists through the rent supplement program and maintains public ownership of these high-quality units.

Les Immeubles Benny Farm
3800, avenue Benny, bureau 101
Montréal (Québec)  H4B 3A4
Tel.: (514) 483-4118

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