Our History

Bringing People Home since 1984


More Than a Roof Mennonite Housing Society was founded by Mennonite Central Committee in 1984 to develop housing-based solutions for people struggling with poverty, poor health and other difficult circumstances. The society’s “More Than a Roof” value-added philosophy aims to build supportive communities where people can heal and create positive change. 

Originally an affiliate of MCC BC (Mennonite Central Committee) the original name was MCC Housing.  In 2003 the society was granted independent status from MCC BC and the name More Than A Roof was created.

In partnership with CMHC, our very first community in 1986 was Charleswood Court, a 26 unit mixed income,  courtyard community for families and singles.  The building was developed through the faithful commitment of volunteers that formed MTR's very first Board of Directors.

We have grown considerably since then and have completed our newest building Karis Place, hosting 105 studio units in Yaletown for low income urban singles funded under the Provincial Homelessness Initiative.  The building offers units that are wheelchair accessible with 30 designated for individuals taking the bold step in addiction recovery.  Karis Place is MTR's 10th affordable housing initiative.


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