Who We Are

Homes First believes everyone deserves a home.

Our organization operates long-term supportive housing sites, emergency shelters and large-scale shelter programs located in hotels across the Greater Toronto Area. Homes First serves all populations with a focus on people with long histories of homelessness, and with mental health and substance use challenges.
With nearly 40 years’ experience in the field, our agency provides homes and essential support services to more than 1,500 seniors, families, and single adults every single night.

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Our Impact 2021

Shelters across Toronto​
Referrals and connections to community programs and services
Meals Served
Nights of Emergency Shelter
Unique individuals stayed in our shelters (one night or more)
Individuals In Our Supportive Housing

Featured Programs & Services

Donate Your Goods & Services

It takes a lot to rebuild a life.

Each member of the community we serve needs a safe, stable home – but also the everyday necessities and comforts that make a home. For the vast majority, budgets are so tight that essentials like personal hygiene products or cookware, are a luxury they cannot afford. Help us support these residents by donating some much needed items for people experiencing chronic homelessness. Always needed items include:

  • Stainless steel water bottles
  • Socks
  • Deodorant
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Volunteers Make A Difference

There are many opportunities for people to volunteer with Homes First and give back!

 Volunteer as few or as many hours as you wish. In the past, volunteers have facilitated weekly arts and crafts programmes, led yoga classes, and developed workshops for residents at any number of housing or shelter sites. We have also received fundraising support, in the form of garage sales, dinner parties, raffles, or auctions for Homes First. We have staff who can even help get you started. Have an idea? Want to help? Get in touch!

Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

Homes First has been providing supportive housing and shelter for over 35 years to all populations. We were the first and remain one of the largest providers of homes for people with the fewest options in Toronto.

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Peer-to-Peer Fundraising