Location: 705 Progress Ave.
Group service: People who identify as men
Number of expected beds: Up to 94
Expected opening date: Fall 2021
Service operator: City of Toronto
This new shelter is part of the George Street Revitalization with approximately 94 beds relocated from Seaton House. The shelter at 705 Progress Ave. will be operated by the City of Toronto and will focus on supporting people experiencing homelessness to stabilize their lives, improve life skills, address needs and move toward securing permanent housing.
705 Progress Ave. is an emergency men’s shelter, which means that anyone who identifies as a man who is experiencing homelessness can access the shelter.
Initially the people moving into the shelter will be coming from Seaton House.
As beds become available, the shelter will be a resource for people experiencing homelessness in the local community to access.
The shelter will be operated by City of Toronto staff. These staff have many years of experience operating shelters for people experiencing homelessness and receive ongoing training to equip them to provide the support that residents need to make a successful transition to independence.
The staffing model for the shelter will include a range of skilled professionals able to provide support to the residents in a number of areas, including income, nutrition, housing, mental health, substance use and life skills.
Shelter staff will support the residents to move toward securing permanent housing.
The shelter will be pet friendly, allowing people experiencing homelessness to stay with their pets.
This shelter is providing permanent shelter spaces and is not a part of the City’s COVID-19 response.
The City of Toronto is committed to ensuring appropriate solutions are in place to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness in neighbourhoods throughout the city.
When the City seeks locations for new shelter services, it considers various factors, including the need in the community, the proximity to services and public transit, and the size of the space.
The building at 705 Progress Ave. is owned jointly by the City and Toronto District School Board, meets the required criteria and is appropriately zoned for use as a municipal shelter.
Learn more about how the City selects locations for shelters.
The building will be fully complaint with the Access for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and will accommodate people with mobility needs. Staff will work with shelter residents to access social assistance, Wheel Trans, and health service supports, including from physicians and psychiatrists.
People with other disabilities, including mental health needs, developmental or cognitive disabilities, acquired brain injuries and substance use concerns, are also supported.
The City is committed to engaging the community to support the positive integration of the shelter into the neighbourhood. Community engagement includes ongoing communication and a Community Liaison Committee (CLC), which was established in late 2020.
The CLC provides resident representatives, businesses, and community organizations with an opportunity to be actively involved in identifying concerns and problem-solving challenges related to the shelter, as well as supporting the successful integration of the shelter into the community. If you live in the area and are interested in learning more please email email@example.com for upcoming meetings as there are still opportunities to join the committee.
Staff are working with support services agencies in the area to build community connections and supports for shelter residents.
Additional information about Shelter Support & Housing Administration’s (SSHA’s) approach to working with the community is available on the welcoming new shelters page.
People who are experiencing homelessness need the support of others in the community as they move toward secure housing and independence. Examples of ideas people have had in other shelters are:
Shelter staff are open to hearing the ideas of community members about how they can provide support.
The Community Liaison Committee will be one forum to plan different initiatives for the community to support shelter residents. That work will be continued by the Shelter’s Program Coordinator after occupancy.
To share your commitment and ideas for support, please send us an email.
Thank you to everyone who participated in and watched the Community Information Session on September 9, 2020.
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The City of Toronto is facing an unprecedented number of people experiencing homelessness. The existing shelter system is at capacity and more services are needed.
This project is part of the George Street Revitalization (GSR) project that will see the closure and redevelopment of Seaton House. Replacement sites, including 705 Progress Ave., are being opened across the city.
Once the shelter is in place, it will be a resource for any men experiencing homelessness in the community.
Seaton House staff look forward to creating opportunities for interested people to speak to staff and learn about the innovative services being brought to the community that extend beyond emergency shelter beds and benefit the community as a whole.
To learn more about the needs of people experiencing homelessness, see the Streets Needs Assessment.