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Vision, Mission and Values


We aspire to build caring communities that foster wellness, autonomy and safety.


To raise awareness and provide supportive housing and innovative programming for persons who have experienced mental health challenges and homelessness.


AIS is about connecting, sharing strengths, respect, collaboration, transparency and compassion.

AIS is an organization committed to developing and managing affordable supportive housing for persons with mental health challenges who have experienced homelessness. AIS promotes wellness and sustainable, safe, caring communities.

Statement of Values:

  • We believe that stable permanent housing is the foundation of health and success.
  • We value the strengths and uniqueness of the individuals we serve.
  • We believe in recovery and wellness as a life-long process that addresses the needs of mind, body and spirit.
  • We believe our cultural diversity is a source of enrichment.
  • We value the autonomy and interdependence of clients on shaping their communities.

Donors like you provide Accommodation, a secure, affordable apartment that those in need can call home.

Donors also provide innovative Information and Support Services that enable tenants to live independently. Navigating a complex mental health system; standing by their side advocating for their rights; offering yoga and nutrition instruction are some examples of what ‘support’ means to tenants.

Tenants, confirm it… “AIS is definitely…more than housing!”

Since 1972, AIS had been a community leader in advocating for, and building, more supportive housing in Toronto.

Over the past four decades, AIS has experienced steady and gradual growth. Today, the organization owns and manages four small apartment buildings in Toronto’s residential communities of Riverdale, Beaches, Annex, and Downtown Toronto. AIS communities provide affordable, permanent housing and support services to more than 113 people, including singles, couples and families.

Tenants who are deaf or hard of hearing can live safely in 10 specially designed units equipped with visual alarm alerts. Support staff are able to offer services in American Sign Language.

We have been able to adapt some apartment units to meet the mobility needs of aging tenants.


Individual donors can support new housing development and renovations; as well as the unique Tenant Wellness Initiatives.

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care provides partial, 21 % funding for the design and construction of AIS buildings.

The Toronto Central Local Integration Health Network (LHIN) provides partial, 49% funding for AIS’ unique support services.

Other funding is generously donated by Foundations. Rental Income and One-Time Funding help AIS to operate the buildings.  Foundations provide generous and essential additional grants for the Tenant Wellness Programs and the Renovation Projects.

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