OAHS is Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services which is a non-profit housing provider with a focus on the Indigenous community.
Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services is a corporation with a mandate to provide safe and affordable housing to urban and rural First Nation, Inuit and Métis people living off-Reserve in Ontario. Our vision is to lead the design, development and delivery of a sustainable and culturally appropriate continuum of housing that promotes excellence in the community and organizational infrastructures.
How do we do it?
In 1992, consultations took place across the province with the grass-roots members of organizations that serve First Nations, Métis and Inuit People not living on reserve lands to determine the need for affordable, adequate and suitable housing for low and moderate income families and individuals.
A steering committee was formed consisting of Ministry of Housing personnel and two representatives from each organization. On September 1, 1994, Ontario Aboriginal Housing Support Services Corporation was incorporated with two representatives from each organization forming the Board of Directors. Those organizations today consist of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC), the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) and the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO).