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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

Seniors Programming

Over the last ten years, the percentage of our residents at many of our sites who identify as seniors has more than doubled and the consequences of aging pose significant barriers in accessing social services. Due to the impact of prolonged periods of homelessness, living in poverty and being undernourished, most people we serve presently are much older than their actual chronological age. This makes for a challenging situation, when members of our community need access to services to age-related support services, but do not qualify due to their actual age.


Due to the increased need, Homes First is prioritizing the following programs to fundraise and support operations moving forward:

A Senior Specific Care Team: We are working towards developing a specialized senior’s team of ICM workers who would specialize in supporting residents to age-in-place and at the end of lives. They would work with our elderly clients to provide services and external connections to expand access to vital food, health and social-related in-person and virtual services.

Improving Food Security: Identifying food insecure senior residents and ensuring they have access to all internal resources, such as a devoted portion of meals prepared by our internal Centralized Food Program (CFP) and are connected to external resources & literacy programs to assist in their food security.

Increased Access to Primary Healthcare: Assisting our vulnerable seniors to attend to their in-person or virtual primary care appointments, supporting residents in their understanding of their care program, which could include helping manage appointments, manage prescriptions, and even reach out to their primary-care team.

Enhanced Socialization and Recreational Programming: Developing social programming (in accordance with provincial health guidelines) to provide our senior residents with the opportunity to connect with one another, whether in conversation or physical activity.

Homes First Seniors Campaign is launching March 1, 2022. The campaign’s focus is to develop more permanent and direct supports around our vulnerable seniors who experience food insecurity, inadequate health services and social isolation.

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.