Islington Seniors’ Shelter
Location: 2671 Islington Avenue
Client group: Seniors
Number of beds: Approximately 92
Opening date: December 15, 2018
Service operator: The Salvation Army
CLC contact: Krystina_Damyanovich@can.salvationarmy.org
The new Islington Seniors’ Shelter at 2671 Islington Avenue is in operation with ongoing renovations planned for 2020.
This new shelter will help seniors who are experiencing homelessness find and keep permanent housing. During the day, residents will receive services from case managers and housing workers tailored to their specific needs. The shelter is managed by The Salvation Army, an experienced non-profit shelter operator, who will follow the Toronto Shelter Standards.
The building is comprised of three floors above ground plus a basement. After renovations, the building will accommodate 92 beds. Two phases of renovations at the property are planned. Phase one involved the renovation of 45 units on the third floor and several offices on the first floor. Phase two involves the renovation of the first, second and basement levels as well as outdoor landscaping
Community engagement is essential to ensure that the new shelter is a good neighbour and serves as a valuable asset. Discussion with the community focuses on how the new shelter can be best integrated and provide benefits to local residents. The public will have an opportunity to support the shelter’s success both for clients and the host community by engaging with the Community Liaison Committee (CLC). The purpose of this committee is to gather resident feedback on how to best welcome clients and optimize operations of the facility. This committee will work directly with The Salvation Army’s Community and Client Engagement Coordinator. Meetings will continue for up to six months (or longer if necessary) following the opening of the shelter.
For questions, comments, CLC inquiries or any project related information, please contact:
Community and Client Engagement Coordinator, The Salvation Army
City of Toronto
Shelter Support and Housing Administration