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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 Programs

Follow- Up Supports

Homes First operates as a 4-person Follow Up Support Worker team that are matched with individuals who have been recently housed from the shelter system (including non-Homes First shelters). The role of each worker, who each carries their own caseload, is to help individuals maintain their housing and connect to resources and services in the community. They meet individually with each client (or as part of a team consult) to help each client move towards and maintain stable housing. Their role includes case management planning, crisis intervention, supportive counselling and advocating for and with the client with landlords, service providers and income assistance programs.

Sites Running This Program:

  • External Program
  • Bellevue (Head Office)

Our Properties

Homes First owns and or manages several different properties across the GTA. Click the link below to read more about each of our properties.