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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

Here to Help (H2H) Downtown East Community Response Mobile Group

This is a multi-service collaborative funded by the City of Toronto. The team provides immediate de-escalation and crisis intervention response, telephone supports, visits in the community, and short-term follow up supports to vulnerable and marginalized individuals in the community. Six agencies in Toronto have come together to build this team: Dixon Hall, Gerstein Crisis Centre, Homes First, Inner City Family Health Team (ICFHT), Seeds of Hope and The Neighbourhood Group. The team operates in strict catchment areas in the downtown east of Toronto – Jarvis to Parliament, Carleton to Queen St. East, and Yonge St. To Jarvis St. And Bloor Street East to Carleton St.

Sites running this program

  • External Program

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.