Location: 1059 College St.
Client group: Women
Number of expected beds: 52
Expected opening date: December 2020 with accommodations for 20-25 women
Service operator: Fred Victor

Fred Victor, a charitable organization, is moving its women’s shelter, Fatima House, from 86 Lombard Street to 1059 College Street. Fatima House is a shelter for women experiencing homelessness. Fatima House is a pet-friendly shelter that will offer housing and support services to women experiencing homelessness. Fatima House will open in December 2020 welcoming 20 to 25 women. When the building is fully occupied the shelter could accommodate up to 52 beds. The shelter will be operated by Fred Victor, a charitable organization with the mission to improve the health, income and housing stability of people experiencing poverty and homelessness.

Community Engagement

A community engagement plan has been developed to provide opportunities for people in the community to speak to staff and to get involved with integrating the new service into the community. Community engagement will include regular bulletin updates on this website, an online/telephone Information Session, ongoing communication and the establishment of a Community Liaison Committee (CLC).

Community Engagement Process Highlights:

  • Briefing with Councillor’s office on the project and the engagement plan
  • Community Engagement Facilitator to gather feedback on key issues from the community
  • Public Information Notice sent to immediate neighbours
  • Virtual Community Information Session for discussion between residents, businesses, the City and operators
  • Community Liaison Committee (CLC) meetings begin and will continue after the shelter is in operation
  • Virtual Open House to see inside Fatima House and learn about its services

The CLC will provide 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. Additional information about Shelter Support & Housing Administration’s (SSHA’s) approach to working with the community is available on the community shelter integration web page.

Virtual Community Information Session

Date: October 29, 2020
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Canada Toll: +1-416-915-6530 – Access code: 133 890 3943
Virtual Meeting Web Link: Join Online

We encourage participants to log into the information session 10 minutes before the session is scheduled to begin. For individuals who require an accessibility-related accommodation to participate in the information session, using adaptive technologies may work best with the telephone. Panelists will be describing content on the slides during the presentation. A YouTube recording of the information session will be available after the session and shared on this webpage. Please review the online tool Webex and the City’s approach to support virtual public meetings, consultations and other engagement activities along.

Interested community members are encouraged to submit questions before the Information Session by contacting the Community Engagement Facilitator, Jane Farrow at clc.1059college@gmail.com. All media, including bloggers, should contact media@toronto.ca.

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