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What We Do

Homes First is one of the largest non-profit housing providers in Toronto. We are committed to breaking the cycle of chronic homelessness by providing emergency shelter and supportive housing and services for people with the fewest housing options in our city.


We provide:

Emergency shelter: We provide shelter for over 1,500 people each night across 11 shelter properties and do our best to connect them to stable housing. Through our integrated outreach networks, we act as a service navigator and community connector to prevent anyone from slipping through gaps in the system.

Supportive housing: We provide residents permanent, stable and supportive housing across 14 properties, including children, youth, women, single parents, adults, seniors and large families.

Essential support services: We help people stay housed or access permanent housing through initiatives such as eviction prevention, housekeeping, behavioural support, trauma-informed counselling, addictions and harm reduction services, and specialized supports for seniors to age in place. We also work with residents on life skills, hygiene, financial literacy, tenant rights and obligations, and other matters that contribute to their personal well-being.

Our Properties

4117 Lawrence

Lawrence Shelter has a 55-co-ed singles client capacity; individuals must be 18+ years old to become a Homes First client at this site. All Homes First emergency shelters are equipped with our foundational, 1 on 1 Intensive Case Management (ICM) support services to assist interested clients in their stabilization. The 4117 Lawrence Shelter has several programs available to residents, including an integrated meal program, agency-led harm reduction services, community engagement opportunities, and peer-support programs. This shelter also has large community rooms and a patio area available to clients.

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Programs conducted at this property:

  • CYX Project
  • XYZ Programs
  • Face Reduction Program
  • Sister Programs
  • Happy Together XYZ
  • Follow-Up Bro Program

Our Programs

Homes First provides many programs to our residents and surrounding community. Click the link below to read more about our programs.