Location: 65 Dundas St. E.
Tentative client group: All gender
Opening date: August 21, 2020
Service operator: City of Toronto and Dixon Hall
As part of the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for physical distancing in the shelter system, the Bond Place Hotel has been leased by the City of Toronto to serve as a municipal shelter and will be operated by Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services.
Bond Place Hotel is one of 30 additional sites in 13 different wards across the city as part of the COVID-19 response. City staff have moved more than 3,500 individuals for physical distancing into a combination of hotels, temporary respites, interim and permanent housing.
The City is currently leasing this site from the property owner until the fall of 2020 with the an extension likely through to next spring, similar to almost every site opened during the pandemic.
Thank you to everyone who participated in and watched the Bond Hotel Program Information Session on September 10, 2020.
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200 rooms are available currently with the ability to rent up to the full 285 rooms. The City does not plan to run at full capacity at this stage and a number of rooms will be used for staff office space. This site will be open to adult singles and couples. Beyond the immediate needs to create space in the shelter system, a key focus of this site once open will be to outreach to people currently experiencing homelessness in the Yonge and Dundas neighbourhood to offer them shelter.
The Bond Place Hotel will provide numerous wrap-around support for all clients, including:
The City is currently setting up partnerships with other community agencies to ensure that this is a shelter that can be a resource for the community. Staff are planning walkabouts with key stakeholders in the community, Toronto Police Services and Dixon Hall.
A community engagement process, which includes an informational flyer, an Information Session in mid-September and the establishment of a Community Liaison Committee in late September will also enable community members to learn more information about the site, ask questions, and work with Dixon Hall and the City to ensure the successful integration of this service into your community.
The City’s community engagement facilitator can also be contacted at email@example.com with any questions.
Toronto is seeing a substantial rise in fatal opioid overdoses and related shelter deaths, which is increasing during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is due to many reasons, such as the need to physically distance, which is resulting in individuals using drugs alone. It is also due to an increase in the toxicity of the unregulated drug supply.
To help save lives, the City is partnering with community agencies to launch iPHARE, an Integrated Prevention and Harm Reduction initiative. iPHARE will include harm reduction and mental health case management services.
It will also include Urgent Public Health Needs Sites, also known as overdose prevention sites or supervised consumption services, in selected shelters, allowing shelter residents to consume drugs under trained supervision to reduce the risk of overdose.
The Bond Place Hotel has been selected to host one of these sites.
The site will not be open to the public. It will be for residents of the hotel only.
iPHARE will save lives, reduce public drug use and reduce drug paraphernalia in parks and public spaces. It will also assist first responders, harm reduction workers and shelter workers who are faced every day with the difficult job of reversing overdoses or coping with overdose fatalities.
The City is hosting public information sessions on iPHARE and the consumption service:
Links to the sessions will be posted in the new year.
You can also sign up to get e-updates, and share your comments and questions online. Visit the iPHARE webpage to learn more.