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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


The Shuter apartment building is one of our supportive housing sites; it is an 11-storey concrete construction and consists of a total of 17 apartments over 10 floors, for a total of 77 rooms. Shuter provides shared accommodation for 77 older single men and women in 17 four‐ or five‐ bedroom apartments. Individuals deal with a variety of issues, including substance use issues, alcoholism, mental health, and aging. The majority are significantly street involved. Shuter has a partnership with CAMH and Pilot Place for 18 units for individuals previously hospitalized with schizophrenia. In addition, there is a partnership with St. Elizabeth’s and Inner City Health Associates to operate what is now expanded to a 13-unit hospice providing around the clock palliative care to our city’s most vulnerable population at the end of their lives. Homes First has been operating a housing program here for over 37 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.