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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

Meal Program Strachan

Meal Club is a high impact, multi-supportive service program that delivers three meals a day to over 88 marginalized, complex-needs residents living at the Metropolitan. Strachan House is under renovation and residents from this location have temporarily moved to the Metropolitan.

Meal Club has dramatically increased the level of food security enjoyed by this vulnerable group of residents. Research has demonstrated that sustained access to nutritious meals has significant impacts when stabilizing housing. Meal Club will continue to empower residents to maintain regular access to nutritious meals, as well as facilitate skill development, food literacy and familiarity with basic kitchen equipment.

Sites Running This Program

  • Strachan House

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.