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Commonly viewed as the big pink building at the corner of Wellington and Strachan, Strachan House is a former textile factory that was converted into housing in 1996. Inspired by the former Homes First project StreetCity, Strachan uses a low-barrier and assertive tolerance approach to serve those who have been street involved and chronically homeless for years.
Strachan House consists of 12 houses, each with their own kitchen, bathrooms and common area. Strachan houses 83 individuals in private units, and 5 in emergency shelter beds. In 1999 Levitt Goodman Architects, the architects behind Strachan’s unique interior, were awarded the Governor General’s Medal of Excellence for its design.