Exterior of the temporary shelter at 545 Lakeshore Boulevard West
Exterior of the temporary shelter at 545 Lakeshore Boulevard West

Location: 545 Lake Shore Blvd. W.

Shelter Office: 647-455-0062 / 647-455-2800
Client group: All gender
Number of beds: 256
Opened: April 2019
Service operator: Homes First

The shelter provides temporary accommodation and housing supports to single men, women and couples and is pet friendly. During the day, residents receive services from case managers and housing workers tailored to their specific needs. They also receive increased access to health services, thanks to a collaboration between the City and the Local Health Integration Network.

The shelter has several harm reduction services and supports available to residents, including an Urgent Public Health Need Site (also known as an overdose prevention site or supervised consumption service). This program is run/staffed by Toronto Public Health/The Works, in partnership with the City and Homes First Society. The Urgent Public Health Need Site service is only available to residents staying in the shelter and does not accept walk-ins. The shelter also provides community engagement opportunities, recreational programming, life skills development, as well as peer-support programs.

For more information about Urgent Public Health Need Sites, visit this page Integrated Prevention & Harm Reduction Initiative (iPHARE).

Homes First has entered into an operating agreement with the City to meet or exceed Toronto Shelter Standards.

Community Engagement and Community Liaison Committee

A Community Liaison Committee (CLC) is a formal committee connected to a shelter service made up of representatives of the community (condo boards, residence associations, businesses or local community organizations) that meets semi-regularly to address questions, share information, discuss and collectively problem solve community concerns.

If you have questions about the Community Liaison Committee, are interested in participating, or would like to receive the Terms of Reference, please email the Manager of Community Engagement & Client Programming at Ryan.Evershed@homesfirst.on.ca

Get in touch with the Manager of Community Engagement & Client Programming at Homes First Society: Ryan.Evershed@homesfirst.on.ca

General inquiries about homelessness services can be directed to: Homeless.Support@toronto.ca