The number of people actively experiencing homelessness in Toronto continues to grow. New homes with supports are urgently needed to ensure everyone has a warm, safe place to call home. Learn more about why supportive housing is so important from the people who live and work there by watching this video .
To respond to this urgent need, the City undertook renovations to a portion of the property at 1430 Gerrard St. E. to convert the building into permanent supportive housing. Renovations were completed in late 2021, and WoodGreen was selected as the housing operator.
The new homes are:
The building also includes a child minding space, a programming space, and offices. Tenants will have access to a variety of support services.
In late 2021, WoodGreen was selected as the non-profit operator for the 23 homes at 1430 Gerrard St. E. WoodGreen is operating the building through their Homeward Bound program, to provide safe, supportive homes for single mothers (aged 19+) facing multiple barriers, including unstable housing, precarious financial situation, and limited or no access to education and employment.
In late 2020 City Council adopted the Emergency Housing Action initiative to urgently create new affordable and supportive homes, including to select non-profit housing providers through non-competitive processes to operate the new homes. Using this authority, the City selected WoodGreen to operate the new homes at 1430 Gerrard St. E. for a period of five years.
In 2016, the City of Toronto leased part of the building at 1430 Gerrard St. E. in order to provide a temporary location for the Red Door Shelter while a permanent location was constructed at the base of a new building at 875 Queen St. E. The Red Door Shelter moved to its new permanent home in June 2021.
Housing with supports is a combination of deeply affordable housing and on-site supports that enable people to live as independently as possible. Supportive housing can help people stabilize their lives, help them stay housed and positively contribute to communities.
There is not an application process or waitlist for this building. Tenants for these homes will be identified using a prioritization-based approach to connect people experiencing homelessness to this permanent housing opportunity. The City and the selected non-profit housing provider will coordinate the tenant identification process in partnership with street outreach, shelter, 24-hr respite, and hotel/motel program providers.
If you are in need of housing, you can call the City at 311 or visit the Finding Housing webpage.