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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

Partnership Programs

Homes First has many partnerships with outstanding organizations within Toronto. Some to highlight are the partnerships that help us operationalize the stabilizing activities which guides our operations at our Hotel Shelters. These partnerships include:

ICHA (Inner City Health Associates), who provide on-site primary care and access to pharmaceuticals (run on-site pharmacy);

SHOPP (overseen by The Neighbourhood Group), which are enhanced peers that stay in our program to assist residents with harm reduction (equipped with oxygen);

iPHARE (overseen by our embedded Community Health Centre’s Outreach Team), which operate at our hotels daily during regular business hours offering additional harm reduction supports;

MOVID (Overseen by Parkdale Queen West), originally launched for COVID related isolations, they are now providing harm reduction and safe supply supports, overdose response/prevention and staff education;

Vaccine Ambassadors (Overseen by Inner City Health Associates and Homes First) are mobile ambassadors attending on-site vaccine clinics to support/engage clients in the vaccination process.

Sites Running This Program

  • All Hotel Shelters

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.