Revitalizing social housing
Toronto Community Housing has adopted a long-term strategy to revitalize 14 social housing communities. Each transformation begins with City staff working and consulting with residents of the existing homes in these communities to determine the best approach.
Toronto Community Housing is in the midst of transforming Regent Park – one of Canada’s oldest and largest social housing communities – into a vibrant, mixed-use, mixed-income community. It is already looking and feeling much like any other vibrant downtown neighbourhood.
Regent Park’s population will grow from 7,500 people living in 2,083 social housing units to 12,500 people living in 5,115 homes over 15 years. There will be a mix of social, affordable and market-priced homes, both for rent and ownership. An additional 375 new social housing units are being created nearby.
Streets closed for more than 50 years are being re-opened. Residents will enjoy new shopping and services, including new recreation and aquatic centres, a children’s hub and central park.
Toronto Community Housing has initiated work on Lawrence Heights as the next large-scale re-development. Revitalization here will rebuild 1,208 rent-geared-to-income homes for 3,500 tenants on more than 24.28 hectares of land.
The revitalization will provide a foundation for a strong community through improved parks, better transit access, new pedestrian and road connections, increased access to community and recreation services, as well as education, employment and training opportunities.
Regent Park will have a mix of social, affordable and market-priced homes, both for rent and ownership.
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