Member of the Regroupement des Auberges du Cœur du Québec
In 1987, Maison Tangente joined eight other accommodation resources to found the Regroupement des Auberges du Cœur du Québec. Today, 31 shelters from 10 regions of Quebec are brought together and work together to achieve common goals.
Located in Montreal neighborhood, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve for almost 40 years, it offers 15 accommodation spaces to young adults mixed aged from 18 to 25.
Much more than a room and board, young people who stay there find welcome, support and accompaniment. The stay, which lasts a maximum of one year, allows them to regain power over their lives: rebuilding their health, starting a project (school, training, work), learning, with respect and dignity.
We are not an end in themselves, but a link in the chain of life of these young adults. A link that will allow them, we hope, to continue their journey towards achieving their goals.
On November 1st, 1983, Maison Tangente took root in its community. One of the pioneering shelters in Quebec opens its doors wide on rue Saint-André, on the Plateau Mont-Royal. Six months later, the resource moved to the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district. At this time the stays are three weeks. This leaves little leeway with respect to the pace of each and the choice of different options that may be available to them.
In 1988, thanks to a collaboration with the SHQ, Maison Tangente acquired its own building. Following major work inside the house, we moved to 1481 Desjardins where we still lives today. We are therefore able to offer an additional service. We now have spaces in supervised apartments which allow us to extend the stay of some of our residents. A new era is beginning and the foundations of a new intervention approach are gradually being defined.
A few years later, the supervised apartments are integrated into the continuity of the stay, they become living modules. From this day, the intervention is based on a stay of up to a year, which allows residents to learn about life in an apartment while benefiting from interesting support.
In 2001, thanks to federal government funding, a new service was created: the post-accommodation monitoring. Since then, this essential element of our intervention has prevented housing loss and an inevitable return to homelessness.
In 2021, we were able to acquire a new building adjacent to the shelter. This project was carried out with the financial contribution of the Government of Canada as part of the National Housing Strategy (NHS) and with the support of the City of Montreal.
In 2022, following the renovations of 4224-26-28 Adam Street we offer 6 additional places in transitional housing 2 years. Our capacity then increases from 15 to 21 places.
Mission and values
Our mission is to welcome, support and accompany young adults in difficulty in their progression towards autonomy (faculty to choose and act by oneself), independence (material and economic) and empowerment . And this, while respecting their values, their interests and their dignity.
Our first objective is, of course, to provide for the basic needs of our young residents. In addition, we want to create a home atmosphere where they will feel at home and will be able to cultivate a sense of belonging, a positive and supportive social environment that will promote the development of self-worth and self-esteem.
We have adopted 7 values which, in our opinion, perfectly reflect the spirit of our philosophy: Respect (for oneself, for others, for places, for the environment), Honesty, Communication, Commitment, Responsibility , Entrainde and Cooperation. It is therefore with respect for these values that we are committed to continuing our daily work.