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Housing Help Association of Ontario (HHAO)
Membership Information

The HHAO is an association of agencies that provide housing help services in Ontario. To join the association as a full or associate member, you must be authorized to purchase membership and endorse the HHAO mission and principles on behalf of your organization.

Our Mission:
The Housing Help Association of Ontario (HHAO) increases Housing Help service as a recognizable identity, in order to strengthen homelessness prevention work for people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness across the province.

Our Principles The HHAO believes that all people regardless of age, income, gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation or ability have the universal human right to suitable housing.

  • The HHAO believes that Housing Help services form an essential community service whose core services assist people to find and keep suitable housing.
  • The HHAO affirms that our member Housing Help services strive to address root causes and conditions of housing insecurity.
  • The HHAO will provide a perspective and facilitate interactions with all levels of government regarding the issues, policy and decisions relating to Housing Help services.
  • Supports agencies that perform the following core Housing Help services.

Core Housing Help Services:

  • Housing Access, stabilization and eviction prevention
  • Housing support and homelessness prevention funds
  • Client advocacy or referral

Membership Benefits

  • Professional Development
  • Networking & Training
  • Resource Development & Distribution
  • Public Education Materials & Campaigns
  • Policy Development & Government Relations

All activities are integrated online for easy access to information and colleagues!

Membership Criteria:
Full Member (Voting)

  • Each full member shall endorse mission and principles.
  • Each full member shall provide core Housing Help services as defined in principles AND
  • Each full member shall operate through a community-based non profit delivery model.

Associate Member (Non-voting)

  • Endorse mission and principles.
  • Provide some core Housing Help Services as defined in principles OR
  • Other sector partners, community-based agencies or individuals that do not provide core Housing Help support services AND
  • Have an agency governance structure different than community-based non profit.
  • Associate members have all the rights of Full Members excluding voting and nomination rights.


Membership is per agency, and fees are based on number of full-time equivalent staff in your housing program. Yearly membership shall be valid from April 1 to March 31 of the following year.

Number of FTE/Housing Program Full Membership Associate Membership

.1-1.9 FTE



2-4.9 FTE



5-9.9 FTE



10+ FTE