This project site is experiencing temporary delays in construction activity. Please see Project Updates and Supplementary Information for more details.

There are more than 8,000 people experiencing homelessness in Toronto. To respond to this urgent need, the City of Toronto is building modular supportive housing at the parking lot at 150 Dunn Avenue. Learn more about why supportive housing is so important from the people who live and work there by watching this video.

This new four-storey modular building will provide homes for approximately 51 people and support their health and well-being. The new homes will be:

  • dedicated to people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, including seniors, women, Indigenous residents, racialized people, people with disabilities and others.
  • studio apartments with a bathroom and a kitchen

The building will also include shared laundry, a commercial kitchen, a dining area, a communal area, and a programming space.

This project is delivered in partnership with all orders of government, the University Health Network (UHN) Gattuso Centre for Social Medicine and the United Way of Greater Toronto (UWGT). The support services model for this site will be developed by UHN Gattuso Centre for Social Medicine, the City of Toronto and community partners. It will incorporate a range of health and social services to be delivered onsite. Through this partnership with UHN, residents will also be connected to primary care and other health services within the hospital’s Parkdale campus.

Read the project factsheets for more information:

Learn more about the site plan application details for this proposal.

Image from ground breaking ceremony at 150 Dunn Avenue
The City and partners break ground at 150 Dunn in March, 2022 (from left to right: MP Arif Virani, Minister Ahmed Hussen, President of United Way Greater Toronto Daniele Zanotti, President & CEO of UHN Kevin Smith, Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão, Mayor John Tory, and Councillor Gord Perks).
Preliminary artist’s rendering of the modular building – Front Elevation on Dunn Avenue. Final design subject to approval.
Preliminary artist’s rendering of the modular building – Front Elevation on Dunn Avenue. Final design subject to approval.

 

Community Updates

May 2022

There has been a temporary slow-down in construction activity at the 150 Dunn site, while the modular builder, NRB Modular Solutions, and the City resolve some technical site matters before beginning foundation work. In addition, on Monday May 2, a residential construction workers’ strike began across Ontario. The City is reviewing the impact of this strike on several supportive housing developments, including 150 Dunn Avenue.

Site activity is expected to resume the week of May 9th. More information will be provided on this page once it is available, including any impacts to the project schedule.

February 2022

The City is pleased to share that on-site construction of this new modular development will begin in early March. At this time, fencing will be erected around the site, tree protection will be put in place, and construction equipment will be brought on site. Please read the community update letter below for more information.

Supplementary Information

Meeting Materials

Questions & Feedback

Please contact the City’s engagement consultant or the Councillor’s Office if you have questions or feedback.

Community Liaison Office
Ideaspace
Telephone: 437-684-5857
Email: communityliaison@bigideaspace.ca
Councillor Gord Perks
Parkdale-High Park
Telephone: 416-392-7919
Email:councillor_perks@toronto.ca

This image shows a timeline for the project - starting in June 2021 with community notification and outreach, first virtual community meeting, and the first Planning and Housing Committee meeting. The second virtual community meeting took place in November 2021. Construction start is scheduled for February 2022 and in summer 2022, new residents are expected to move in.

 

About supportive housing (or housing with support service)

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.

Learn more about supportive housing, including:

  • What is housing with supports?
  • Why housing with supports is needed in Toronto?
  • Where else housing with supports exists in Toronto?
  • The difference between housing with supports and shelters.
  • Research on housing with supports

Location of the proposed building

The modular building will be located on the area currently being used as a parking lot, specifically the area of the south parking lot of UHN’s EW Bickle Centre for Complex Continuing Care.

Applying to live in this building

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.

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