Welcome and support services
Short-Term Housing Program for Asylum Seekers
Created in 1931, the YMCA Residence promotes social cohesion and the inclusion of some of the most vulnerable members of our society by providing short-term housing for refugees and asylum seekers.
The Residence provides a multitude of services and activities to welcome and support its clients, with the collaboration of PRAIDA, a regional program for the accommodation and integration of asylum seekers managed by the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) of West-Central Montreal.
These clients are referred by PRAIDA and the accommodation is not open to the public.
The YMCA Residence provides housing to asylum seekers with the collaboration of PRAIDA, a regional program for the accommodation and integration of asylum seekers managed by the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) of West-Central Montreal. The PRAIDA-YMCA Day Centre for Asylum Seekers also offers a variety of community services and activities to welcome and support resident and non-resident asylum seekers, including:
- French and English conversation workshops;
- workshops on housing, immigration, job search, financial assistance or health;
- information sessions with Montreal's Public Safety Commission and discussions with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR);
- a women’s group helping participants to break out of their isolation and empowering them through weekly meetings and activities such as arts, crafts and communal cooking;
- family activities;
- psychosocial support services.
Community Initiatives of the YMCA Residence
In addition to offering a variety of community services and activities to resident and non-resident asylum seekers through the PRAIDA-YMCA Day Centre, the Residence’s community initiatives team also ensures the well-being of all of its residents by providing the following services:
- an emergency locker room;
- a food bank for the benefit of asylum seekers;
- a family room with a number of fun activities for children and parents;
- social and cultural outings that foster the social integration of residents and help them become more familiar with Montreal.