George Street Revitalization

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The City of Toronto has posted an update on our work with Montgomery Sisam Architects on the George Street Revitalization project, “the site of the existing Seaton House shelter for men, George Street Revitalization will mean the creation of a dynamic mix of housing and programs for homeless and vulnerable seniors alongside the delivery of services to meet the needs of a vibrant and mixed downtown neighbourhood. This is city-building to make a more welcoming and safe street--all in the context of the broader Downtown East Revitalization.

City Council unanimously approved George Street Revitalization in principle in summer 2013. Program plans are being developed with the input of many stakeholders. To date, these plans include five areas:

  • a long-term care home with 384 beds
  • a 100-bed emergency shelter for men
  • an innovative "assisted living" service for men and women who need more care than traditional supportive housing can provide, but less than what a long-term care home involves
  • a service hub for program clients as well as members of the surrounding community
  • affordable housing with supports”

New LGBT Youth shelter

Hilditch Architect is proud to be the architect for the proposed 25 bed LGBT Youth shelter, “the first of its kind in Canada”.

The Toronto Star reports ”A transitional home for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirited youth will open in the YMCA’s Sprott House, near Bloor St. and Spadina Rd., sometime between May and September, Ward 20 Councillor Joe Cressy has announced on his website.”

George Street Revitalization Project

GSR_CR_KickoffMontgomery Sisam and Hilditch Architect have been awarded Stage One of the City of Toronto’s George Street Revitalization Project. The George Street Revitalization will use the site of the existing Seaton House Shelter to create a dynamic new mix of housing and programs for homeless and vulnerable seniors. The new development will include an innovative combination of emergency shelter, long term care and assisted living beds as well as a service hub to provide a range of services to clients and the surrounding community. The revitalization will also support the creation of a vibrant and safe mixed-use neighbourhood. Montgomery Sisam and Hilditch Architect have been delivering projects that help people break barriers to health and community services, provide long term care, affordable housing, and emergency shelter for over 30 years. We are excited to harness all of our collective “lessons learned” into a remarkable project of human and community renewal.

Tropicana Community Centre

TropicanaBanner400Tropicana Community Services recently relocated into their new head offices as Phase 1 in the development of their new community centre. We have recently received planning approvals for Phase 2, which will see the fitting out of the balance of the existing industrial building as their new community centre.

Sutton Community Hub

Sutton Public squareThe Town of Georgina has hired us as architect for their new Sutton Community Hub in the former Sutton Public School, which will undergo a $3-million renovation and redesign to accommodate workspace for non-profit organizations including Georgina Hospice, GTTI training centre, Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery, as well as a community kitchen, and a naturalization of the riverfront at the rear of the property to reinforce Sutton’s historic connection to the Black River.

40 Oaks photos

400OaksSouthLookingWestDuskOur 40 Oaks project, the only building within the Regent Park development not part of TCHC’s portfolio, is fully occupied and running smoothly. We’ve now posted new photos of our 40 Oaks project on this site. Check them out!

Stonegate CHC

We’ve been selected by Stonegate Community Health Centre to undertake a feasibility study to determine the suitability of a building for delivery of community health services, adding to the large and growing roster of Community Health-related clients we serve.

Breaking The Cycle Funding Announcement

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The Honourable Lisa Raitt, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, today announced funding for Breaking the Cycle (BTC) to renovate 4200 SF of space into a facility that provides an early identification and prevention program designed to reduce risk and to enhance the development for substance-exposed children (prenatal - 6 years) through providing services which address maternal addiction problems and the mother-child relationship through a community based cross-systemic model.

The project will include child minding program space, counselling and group rooms, community kitchen and gathering spaces as well as offices and clinical examination rooms. Families receive integrated addictions counselling, health/medical services, parenting support, development screening and assessment, early childhood interventions, child care, access to FASD Diagnostic Clinic, and basic needs support in a single access setting in downtown Toronto, with home visitation and street outreach components.

In 2004, Breaking the Cycle was recognized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime as an exemplary program serving pregnant and parenting women with substance use problems, and their young children. We had previously renovated BTC’s former home at 761 Queen Street West, and are delighted to assist the agency in moving its service delivery forward in their new facility. The building permit is in hand and construction is due to commence shortly.

Stratford's The Local Opens

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On Thursday, November 22nd Stratford’s The Local Community Food Centre held its Grand Opening event.

The Local Community Food Centre is an innovative food security project that has been developed as a division of the United Way of Perth-Huron in partnership with Community Food Centres Canada. It is a pilot project that is helping to lead the way towards the creation of a national network of community food centres across the country. The Local Community Food Centre includes: community gardens and a greenhouse; a community kitchen and dining room where drop-in meals will be served and where educational cooking experiences will be offered; a distribution centre supplying Perth County’s food banks, student nutrition programs, community meal providers and not-for-profits with healthy food; and activism and advocacy programs to empower community members to work together on issues such as poverty and hunger.