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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

Volunteer Programs

Homes First’s volunteer programming is a lynchpin of all Community Development and Engagement initiatives, and directly contributes to the mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing of hundreds of our community members every single day. We have a strong focus on programming and volunteer opportunities that contribute to building life skills and wellness Key programs – activated at numerous housing and shelter programs – include relationship coaching (i.e., direct emotional support), arts programs, bingo, yoga, financial literacy and writing workshops. Volunteer opportunities can also be less resident involved but still have a significant impact on working towards our mission. Volunteer opportunities like administrative assistance, landscaping and gardening assistants, donations room attendants or assisting with events and fundraising initiatives are vital to our organization.

Sites Running This Program

  • All shelters and supportive housing sites

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.