Serving primarily the Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie boroughs, the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve YMCA has been deeply rooted within its community since it opened in a former school in 1980. 

The centre also collaborates with other social organizations to provide community programs, including activities for children and teens that promote school perseverance and healthy lifestyle habits. The centre provides homework help programs, a summer day camp and manages the Centre Desjardins, a Service for Supervised Access Rights.