The City of Toronto has officially released their new Shelter Design and Technical Guidelines
this past week. The 277 page document that we authored for them was substantially complete a year ago. Over the last year we updated it to include initial guidance on measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a living document intended to offer best practices in the design of shelters for people in Toronto experiencing homelessness, (which has been accelerated by the pandemic), we will updating the document on at least an annual basis moving forward.
On Friday June 21st, YouthLink celebrated the opening of their new shelter for youth experiencing homelessness. The shelter, for people 16 years to 24 years old, contains 10 emergency and 41 long-term beds, including rooms for couples. It is Toronto’s only youth shelter with a dog kennel with space for at least six dogs, and with the opportunity for dogs to share the same room as their owner.
YouthLink opened their emergency shelter for youth this past week as the first part of a two stage opening that will see their transitional youth shelter open next month. The location is within a former warehouse that we converted to YouthLink’s offices 15 years ago, including the creation of a courtyard oasis in the centre of the building, which is surrounded by a low-rise, car-dominated suburban setting.
Congratulations to The Salvation Army for their opening of the New Hope Leslieville shelter, which began taking in clients Monday, January 8, 2018. The new 60 bed shelter in a former industrial building replaces The Salvation Army’s previous Hope Shelter, which had been closed following the termination of the lease at the previous location. CBC has an article on-line
providing more background.
Our complete renovation and expansion to Toronto’s Women’s Habitat
Shelter is now occupied. This 25 bed shelter for women & children fleeing violence provides 10 separate bedrooms where women share a room with their children and a house with nine other women and their families. A large common living room, dining room, kitchen add to the spaces, along with shelter support. An accessible bedroom with accessible bathroom is provided on the main level, with access to additional support space on a lower level.
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.”