Location: 2671 Islington Ave.
Client group: Seniors
Number of beds: Approximately 92
Opened: December 2018
Service operator: The Salvation Army
The new Islington Seniors’ Shelter at 2671 Islington Ave. is in operation.
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 a success in the community. The public has 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 works directly with The Salvation Army’s Community and Client Engagement Coordinator.
For questions, comments, CLC inquiries or any project related information, please contact Krystina Damyanovich at Krystina_Damyanovich@can.salvationarmy.org.