The Mainstay Housing Vision
Sure people have been struggling as long as humankind has been here
with mental health issues, but people have lives as well. They are more
than just symptoms and medications. There is a new sense in the past
20 years of looking at somebody's life as a whole and realizing that
everyone has the right to a full, satisfying and productive life. What
Mainstay does is take a role in making sure that people have those types of
Gord Singer, Mainstay Housing Tenant
Mainstay Housing serves people who are living with mental illness.
Our first act is to provide safe, affordable housing, but the organization
goes much further than just furnishing shelter. We work to help the
people we serve build new lives from a home base. A home is just the
beginning. We believe that our society will be a richer place if all
its members feel a sense of themselves as active participants in the
greater community. Often there are enormous hurdles to overcome before
even the first steps towards that goal can be met. Mainstay works through
its organizational structure, through its support network and through
its initiatives with community partners to achieve those steps.
Mainstay is a tenant centered organization. One third of the Board
of Director seats are reserved for Mainstay tenants. This is significant
as historically people with mental health problems have not had their
voices heard. As Gord Singer says, “If an organization values
the people it serves, it will listen to them and give them a say
in the management of the organization. Mainstay does this.”
Our supportive housing workers, our community meetings and our networks
with support agencies all work to engage our tenants as people capable
of finding the best solutions to the issues of day-to-day living.
We see our role as nurturing the seeds of positive change that lie
Initiatives with Community Partners
It is particularly in our innovative partnerships that Mainstay
is able to manifest our vision of consumer-survivors making their
lives three dimensional and whole again. A doorway into the workforce
can dramatically change the lives of people living with mental illness.
Mainstay is in a creative and dynamic relationship with a business
run by and for consumer-survivors.
Click here to learn about Mainstay's relationship with Fresh Start.