There are more than 8,000 people experiencing homelessness in Toronto. 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 of Toronto has purchased the building at 222 Spadina Ave. to provide new homes for approximately 84 people and support their health and well-being.

The new homes will be:

  • Studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments with a bathroom and a kitchen.
  • Dedicated to women, Indigenous residents, seniors, people with disabilities and other people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
  • The building will also include amenities such as shared laundry, a dining area, a communal area, and a programming space.
  • Tenants will have access to a variety of support services.

Read the project’s factsheet for more information:

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Community Liaison Office                             
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The City is pleased to share that it has completed its selection process for a housing and support services provider at 222 Spadina Ave. Homes First Society has been selected as the housing provider for the 84 units of supportive housing that will be completed at this building in 2022. The City is pleased to be working with Homes First on making this project a success for future residents and the community.

For nearly four decades Homes First has been working to create housing solutions for our city’s most vulnerable, and has experience delivering shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing across 25 sites and support more than 1,600 seniors, families, and single adults on a daily basis.

 

About supportive housing (or housing with support services)

Supportive housing 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 here. 

Relocation of the existing shelter clients at 222 Spadina Ave.

The former residents of the temporary shelter at 222 Spadina moved to a temporary shelter leased by Shelter, Support and Housing Administration (SSHA) at 92 Peter Street. SSHA supported the residents of 222 Spadina Ave. in their move to 92 Peter St.

As part of the City’s response to COVID-19 and the need for physical distancing in the shelter system, 92 Peter Street has been leased by the City of Toronto to provide replacement space for shelter residents currently living at 222 Spadina Avenue. 92 Peter Street will operate as a temporary emergency shelter serving youth until December 2021, and is one of more than 40 additional sites in 13 wards opened across the city to support physical distancing. For more information on the temporary shelter relocation at 92 Peter Street or to learn more about plans and services for those experiencing homelessness during COVID-19 please visit www.toronto.ca/PhysicalDistancingShelters or contact the Community Engagement Facilitator via email 92peterstreet@gmail.com or phone 437-522-9510.

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-hour 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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