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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

Jarvis House is one of our oldest properties. It provides shared accommodation for 24 men. There is a strong sense of community as reflected in the friendly atmosphere and participation at house meetings and organized events.

Jarvis House

Jarvis House is one of our supportive housing sites; it is located near Jarvis and Dundas, is owned by TCH and the building and tenant support services are managed by Homes First. There are 24 units, and we provide tenant supports and are responsible for the operation of the building. TCH provides Homes First an annual operating budget for the management of this property. This building houses 24 single older adult males with issues of alcoholism and mental health, and its residents are typically referred to Jarvis through Seaton House and other Homes First Shelters. Homes First has been operating a housing program here for over 27 years

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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.