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 Opens in new window.

To respond to this urgent need, in 2021, the City of Toronto purchased the building at 292-296 Parliament St. This building includes 24 affordable rental homes and onsite supports for residents’ health and well-being. St Jude Community Homes, an experienced housing and support services provider, is operating the site and supporting tenants.

The new homes are:

  • dedicated to women, Indigenous residents, seniors, people with disabilities and other people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness
  • one- and two-bedroom apartments

The building also includes shared laundry, a dining area, communal areas, and programming space.

Residents will begin moving into their new homes towards the end of 2022.

A photo showing an exterior view of the building at 292-296 Parliament St. It’s beige building that has three stories. Exterior view of the affordable supportive housing building at 292-296 Parliament St.
A map showing the location of 292-296 Parliament St. It’s located at Coatsworth St. and Parliament St.A map showing the location of 292-296 Parliament St.



Community Updates

Project Factsheet

Read the project factsheet- June 2021 for more information.

Previous Engagement Session

A virtual community engagement session was held on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 6 pm. to provide additional information about the proposed project and answer questions.

Meeting Presentation 

Meeting Recording

The City is pleased to share that it has completed its selection process for a housing and support services provider at 292-296 Parliament. St. Jude Community Homes (SJCH) has been selected as the housing provider for the 24 supportive homes for families and older adults that will be completed at this building in 2022. The City is pleased to be working with SJCH on making this project a success for future residents and the community.

For 35 years, SJCH has been working to provide supportive housing opportunities in Toronto’s downtown east neighbourhood, with extensive experience housing and supporting people who have experienced or are at risk of homelessness. SJCH coordinates a variety of services for residents including support for mental health and well-being, meal programs and on-site support services.  SJCH operates three existing buildings located in close proximity to 292-296 Parliament St. and has a deep understanding of the community, including a strong familiarity with the network of service agencies in the neighbourhood. SJCH will be partnering with Cota and a number of other community organizations to provide additional housing support services.

About supportive housing (or housing with support services)

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 here, 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.

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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