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We believe that the essential first step in getting people off the street is to give them a home of their own and voice in the decisions that affect their housing.

Homes First currently owns and/or manages sixteen buildings consisting of approximately four hundred and twenty-five units and housing more than 500  men, women and children. These buildings provide overnight shelter, transitional housing, shared accommodation, and independent living opportunities that facilitate the difficult transition from the street to temporary shelter to permanent accommodation.

Shelters

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Savards

is a 30 bed hostel for women with a long history of homelessness and mental illness. Savards was designed to offer a high-tolerance, low-demand environment. It was the first of its kind and remains unique in the City of Toronto. It has also been an incredible success: many women who were unable to access the existing hostel system feel safe at Savards.

 

Scarborough Shelter

Scarborough Shelter

is an emergency sixty bed shelter for men and women.  Many residents are employed or actively seeking employment.  The shelter serves people who have recently become homeless.  People stay until stabilized and are often rehoused.

Strachan House

Strachan House

is a converted warehouse located in the west end of Toronto.  Based on the original StreetCity, Strachan House consists of 12 houses, each with their own kitchen, bathroom, and common area, and connected by a network of streets. There are seventy-six units for single adult men and women and is a first step off the street. At Strachan each unit has their own front door and a window onto the “street”. Levitt Goodman Architects worked closely with Homes First staff and tenants in the design of Strachan House.  In 1999, they were the recipient of the Governor General’s Medal of Excellence for this design.

Housing

Bellevue

Bellevue

is a three-story apartment building with twenty-eight units for single people. Located in the heart of Kensington market, residents belong to a small close-knit community.  The building’s lush lawn, flower beds, and vegetable gardens are maintained by Bellevue’s active residents. 

Brandon House

Northcote

Brandon House & Northcote

are rooming houses with shared facilities for single men who are referred by the City’s Streets to Homes. The properties contain five and six units, respectively.

Huron

Huron

is a rooming house with shared facilities.  Its ten units provide a home for single men who have been chronically homeless and are dealing with issues of mental health and addiction. Residents are chosen for Huron based on their ability and desire to live in a small-group setting.

Jarvis House

Jarvis House

is one of our oldest properties.  It provides shared accommodation for twenty-four middle-aged men.  There is a strong sense of community as reflected in the friendly atmosphere and participation at house meetings and organized events. 

Meegwetch Place

Meegwetch Place

has fourteen townhouses for families and fifty bachelor, one and two-bedroom apartments.  Occupying a small block in the west-end of Toronto, residents are part of a diverse and vibrant community that speaks 19 languages.  “Meegwetch” means “Thank you” in the First Nations language of the Ojibway. 

Pleasant Manor

Pleasant Manor

has 16 self-contained bachelors and one-bedroom units for men and women. Originally a hotel and tavern and a designated heritage site, the first residents at Pleasant Manor were residents of Street City. 

Sheila Miller Building

Sheila Miller Building

contains 22 units for men, women, and their families.  Fully accessible, the Sheila Miller building helps us accommodate our disabled residents more comfortably.

The residents and staff work continually at building a strong and active community where residents can come together to share their experiences in creating a safe and supportive environment.

Shuter

Shuter

was the first housing project for single people in the City of Toronto.  Located in the heart of downtown, Shuter has 77 shared units for older men and women dealing with a variety of issues including addiction, alcoholism, mental health, and aging.

Shuter has a partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Pilot Place to provide 18 units for individuals previously hospitalized.

Spadina Houses Spadina Houses

Spadina Houses

are rooming houses with shared facilities.  One house has seven units for single men, the other six units for single women. 

Vaughan

Vaughan

is a three-story apartment building with 29 units for adults, single parent families, and couples.  Located near Bathurst and St. Clair, Vaughan provides safe and affordable housing for new immigrants and refugees.

Wales Avenue

Wales Avenue

former home of Alice and Dan Heap, is now home to men and women who were victims of torture.  Homes First receives referrals for Wales from the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, Amnesty International, and other agencies that assist refugees and immigrants from troubled countries.

 

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