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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

Strachan House

Strachan House is one of our supportive housing sites; it is a three storey, all‐brick building located near Liberty Village. Strachan House is leased to Homes First by the City. It contains 83 single room units organized into 12 separate “houses”. Each house provides shared kitchens, bathrooms, and common areas for approximately five to seven residents each. There are five additional units may be used for shelter units and intensive specialized staff supports 24-hours-a-day. Strachan is an innovative one-of-a-kind hybrid model that incorporates the security and support elements of a shelter, while providing residents with a home and all the rights and responsibilities of tenancy. Strachan is known in the Toronto community as a program that can maintain housing for individuals that no one else can manage to support. The residents of this building have the most complex needs in the city and without the supports of this program would likely be institutionalized either in mental health wards or in jail. Strachan House works to successfully maintain tenancies. This building is owned by the City of Toronto and leased to Homes First. Rents are not collected through the RGI model rather they are based on the maximum allowable rental amounts in an individual’s monthly social assistance. Homes First has been operating a housing program here for over 23 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.