About Options Housing

We are a group of individuals committed to ending homelessness in Ottawa. We believe that everyone deserves a safe and stable place to call home, no matter their background, no matter their challenges. We want to see real and lasting change in our community and we know that the best way to end homelessness is to prevent it from happening in the first place. These beliefs underpin everything we do.

Every team member and every program is focused on meeting people where they are, so we can help them get where they want to go.

How It All Began

We opened the doors of our first Supportive Housing building in the heart of Ottawa’s Byward Market in 1989.

Caring and creative residents and community groups came together because they saw a crisis in our community and knew we could do more to help people who were experiencing homelessness. They realized we needed something other than temporary shelters in our city — we needed a permanent solution.

So, they raised the funds to construct a building that could provide permanent housing for people who had been living in shelters for months.

When Options Bytown opened its doors, 67 people had a new home — for the first time in months, they were able to unpack their belongings and settle into their safe and permanent home.

Our dream had become a reality!

Since then, we’ve added another three buildings, changed our name to Options Housing, and expanded our programs to help hundreds of individuals find and keep a home of their own for as long as they need it.

Our Programs

Providing permanent, deeply affordable housing to 128 tenants in four residential communities in Ottawa
Supporting 1000+ Ottawa Community Housing tenants with crisis intervention, counselling, and community development
Tailored and intensive support to over 175 people who have experienced chronic homelessness.
Peer-led support and group activities in seven Ottawa Community Housing buildings to promote well-being and reduce isolation
Intensive support for people in Supportive and Community Housing at risk of losing their home due to hoarding behaviours
Providing direct housing support to 200+ people accessing treatment for substance use disorders
Our Team

We have a diverse team of over 60 caring, experienced staff who support our clients with crisis intervention, case management, eviction prevention, life skills training, and much more.

Our staff have a wide variety of lived and professional experience and skills from advocacy to social work and building operations to mental health. You can find our staff onsite at our Supportive Housing locations, Ottawa Community Housing Resource Centres, Ottawa’s Safer Supply clinics, and many other sites across the city.

Our team members are creative, resourceful, compassionate individuals who are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure our clients are fully supported and successful!

Board & Staff Directory

Board of Directors

Annie Carruthers


Norm Turner

Vice President

Jason Hunt


Lauren Kupferschmid


Heather Lachine


Daniel Leblanc


Al Shadid


Liz Wigfull


Gesa Harmston


Sean Grassie


Jordan Daly-Frey


Rae Wigglesworth


Management Team

Catharine Vandelinde
Executive Director
John Brisebois
Finance Officer
Andrea Clark
Operations Manager
Emily Teeter
Manager of Human Resources
Joyce Lundrigan
Manager of Housing Supports
Kelly Howson
Manager of Housing First
Angela Davis
Manager of Homelessness Prevention
Hany Ibrahim
Manager of Community & Partnership Development
West de Castro
Communications and Corporate Support Officer
Jessey Levesque
Administrative Assistant

Supportive Housing

Charlene Morling
Supportive Housing Service Specialist
Matty Gaudet
Housing and Community Support Worker
Adi Steward
Housing and Community Support Worker
Cassidy Walton
Housing and Community Support Worker
Brittany Lesway
Housing and Community Support Worker
Jessica Osabuohien
Mental Health and Substance Use Specialist
Josephine Okafor
Housing and Community Support Relief Worker
Rosa Lila Cerda Ampie
Housing and Community Support Relief Worker
Sam Coorsh
Housing and Community Support Relief Worker
Jen Isaacs
Housing and Community Support Relief Worker
Krystina Pasut
Housing and Community Support Relief Worker
Reanna Martin
Housing and Community Support Relief Worker

Housing First

Trish Roy
Team Lead
Leigh Stratton
Team Lead
Austin Ward

Housing Specialist and Reconciliation Action Plan Implementation Steward

Evan Miller
Housing First Practioner
Lindsay Trainor
Housing First Practioner
Shannon Petruk
Housing First Practioner
Madison Salmon
Housing First Practioner
Maggie Turgeon
Housing First Practioner
Ashley Brian
Housing First Practioner
Keerat Aujla
Housing First Practioner
Christina Trent
Housing First Practioner
Jennifer Connolly
Housing First Practioner
Victoria Porter
Housing First Practioner
Jennifer Isaacs
Peer Support Worker
Stephen Sauppe
Peer Support Worker

Resource Centres

Darryl Leboeuf
Housing and Community Support Worker
Marta MacDonald
Housing and Community Support Worker
Megan Poole
Housing and Community Support Worker
Cali Palmer
Housing and Community Support Worker
Penelope Goodwin
Housing and Community Support Worker
Michelle Olubiyi
Housing and Community Support Worker
Anselmo Seloterio
Housing and Community Support Worker
Cayla Pester
Housing and Community Support Worker
Keely Pelyk
Housing and Community Support Worker
Donna van den Oever
Resource Centre Service Specialist

Safer Supply (Recovery Care)

Keely Pelyk
Housing and Community Support Worker
Evan van Roon
Housing and Community Support Worker

Peer Assisted Community Engagement (PACE) Program

Chantal Hurtubise
PACE Program Peer Support Worker
Katherine Rehak
PACE Program Peer Support Worker
Bryan Melanson
PACE Program Peer Support Worker
Sylvie Roussel
PACE Program Peer Support Worker
Semsa Asefi
PACE Program Peer Support Worker
Tina Mallard
PACE Program Peer Support Worker

HAT (Hoarding Assistance Team)

Chioma Obiakor
HAT Coordinator
Greg Saxe
HAT Case Manager
Chantal Hurtubise
Buried In Treasure Program Peer Facilitator


Don MacQuarrie
Building Technician
Victor Smith
Maintenace Worker
Rinaldo Perricelli
Maintenace Worker


We’re a supportive, inclusive community where we value each team member, their lived experience, and their skill set. If you’re a motivated, resourceful individual who’s passionate about ending homelessness, we’d love to meet you.

Volunteer and help us end homelessness in Ottawa.

If you have a skill to share — like home improvements, art, or cooking — or are up for lending a hand at a special event, we’d love to have you.


Want to learn more about how we’re ending homelessness at Options Housing? Read about our work by downloading one of our publications.

Strategic Plan

Reconciliation Action Plan

Accessibility Plan

Accessibility Compliance

Solving homelessness is about more than finding housing.

Our tenants also need support with setting up their new homes, accessing services, connecting with community, and more. Whatever your skill set, you can be part of the solution.

Donate Money

Give the gift of home with a regular or one-off donation

Donate Items

Make someone’s day by donating your new or gently used items


Host an event to raise awareness and funds so we can see an end to homelessness


Use your skills and time to make a difference in someone’s life