Location: 731 Runnymede Rd.
Client group: Men
Number of beds: 50 with the capacity to expand if required
Open: November 25, 2019
Service operator: City of Toronto
Site contact: ertha.downey@toronto.ca

Junction Place is the City of Toronto’s newest emergency shelter providing services for single men. Initially, clients will be referred from Seaton House as part of the George Street Revitalization. As these men transition to permanent homes, new clients will be referred by Central Intake or community-based agencies

The facility, a repurposed Goodwill donation centre, is fully accessible by AODA standards for both clients and staff. Shelter residents will have small dorm-style sleeping spaces, three meals per day and receive wrap-around services: housing help, counselling and employment. In addition, there are staff offices, dining and activity areas and a wellness space for medical professionals. Primary medical care is delivered by the Inner City Health Associates with links to the 4 Villages Community Health Centre.

As with other new shelter and respite site facilities, Junction Place is pet friendly. Animal services are delivered through a partnership with Toronto Animal Services and The Toronto Humane Society.

A dedicated community room is available for client programming and can be booked by the local community where members and organizations are welcome to meet.

EMBRACE

EMBRACE was established in spring 2018 to create positive opportunities to integrate Junction Place with the community. Committee members and shelter staff address neighbourhood engagement, recreational activities, employment and volunteer opportunities, workshops and other events. It is co-chaired by City staff and a community representative. EMBRACE is open to residents, businesses, agencies, faith organizations, or other individuals or groups wanting to support Junction Place. Members agree to participate for a year and renew their participation annually.