389 Church Street

Our 389 Church Street project has recently been completed and is now being occupied. This 120 unit affordable and supportive apartment building provides a safe, inclusive, supportive community for Indigenous and non-Indigenous women, gender diverse people, and youth and senior women who have experienced or who are at risk of experiencing homelessness.

Redeveloped by Toronto Community Housing, it is leased to and managed by YWCA Toronto.

Shelter Design and Technical Guidelines

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.

Journey Home Hospice Phase 2 Opening

Journey Home Hospice, a new care facility for people who are homeless and facing the end of their life, first opened its doors in April 2018 with Phase 1 of their hospice. We’ve just completed Phase 2 of the hospice, which provides inclusive high-quality care to some of the city's most vulnerable people. Journey Home Hospice is a partnership involving three health organizations: Saint Elizabeth Foundation, Inner City Health Associates and Hospice Toronto.

Margaret's House in the news

13&15winchester_01On July 15, 2020, The Globe and Mail featured our new supportive housing project, currently under construction, for Margaret’s Housing and Community Support Services, in an article by Vanessa Quon, entitled Mouldering Cabbagetown heritage homes find a higher purpose.

Raising the Roof Cedar Mains opening

On March 6th, Raising the Roof held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the second affordable housing project that we have completed with them under their new Reside program which aims to prevent homelessness by creating new housing options for people at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness. Working with BuildingUp, Reside creates training and employment opportunities for individuals facing barriers to employment in the trades while renovating each home. BuildingUp worked with Endeavour school to train BuildingUp participants in environmentally sound renovation practices to create ecologically sustainable renovations.

The Cedar Mains project took the decrepit 1857-1858 Shiloh Wesleyan Methodist church building on the site, vacant for 13 years, and repurposes it for new housing for use by their new tenant, Caledon Area Families for Inclusion (CAFFI), which seeks to serve the affordable housing needs for adults with developmental disabilities.

Emily's House in the news

EmilysHouseTVOOn November 6th, TVO aired an episode of The Agenda with Steve Paikin, where The Agenda learned about Emily's House, a Toronto hospice for children and families facing life-threatening illnesses and named for a young patient with a rare and terminal neurodegenerative disease who recently passed away. At Emily's House, children get the care they need with all the comforts of home for themselves and their loved ones. An in-studio panel interview on Emily’s House and paediatric palliative care was featured, including Rauni Salminen, CEO/Founder of Emily’s House. Steve Paikin said that it was one of the most “meaningful” segments that they have broadcast.

Click here to view the full, 35-minute TVO video.

Margaret's House

On October 24th the Minister of Housing for Ontario used our current Margaret’s House site for their announcement of funding for the project. The tender for the project recently closed on budget, and construction will be commencing shortly on this new 35 unit supportive housing project that includes the restoration of four heritage homes.

YouthLink Shelter Opening Ceremony

RibbonCuttingOn 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's new shelter opens

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.

Four Corners CHC opens

Four Corners Community Health Centre has opened. Four Corners CHC is a 11,000 SF satellite of WellFort Community Health Services, located at Westwood Mall in Mississauga. The community health centre satellite provides health promotion and illness prevention programs for the local community through primary health care and dental services offering programs and services to those living in Malton who experience barriers to good health.