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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

Peer-Workers

Engagement and input from people with lived and living experience with homelessness and other challenges our residents may be facing, is integral to ensure that the types and delivery of supports offered by Homes First are appropriate, relevant, and effective. They not only offer insight into the communities we are serving, empower resident goal setting, provide employment opportunities for residents, but establish a greater sense of organizational accountability to our residents.

Homes First support services operations are guided by the importance of peer-based delivery/supports. Our agency has developed, implemented and continue to oversee several peer-based support initiatives: Homes First is a part CAMH operated Scarborough Addictions Services Partnership (SASP), comprised of several agencies to discuss best practices and share resources regarding harm reduction supports—out of this partnership, Homes First is now running weekly peer meetings at 2 of our hotel shelters wherein our peers are trained and empowered to support other residents through harm reduction; there are currently 7 peers delivering harm reduction supports at our Strathcona hotel shelter; and from 2017-2020, in partnership with the Toronto Urban Health Fund (TUHF) we ran a widely successful peer-based harm reduction program.

Sites Running This Program

  • Kennedy Road Shelter
  • 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.