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.Image showing the map of 292-296 Parliament properties (nearest intersection Dundas St. East and Parliament St.) and photos of three individuals as representation of future residents of the building.

To respond to this urgent need, the City of Toronto has purchased the building at 292-296 Parliament St. This building will provide homes for approximately 24 people and support their health and well-being.

The new homes will be:

  • 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 will also include shared laundry, a dining area, a communal area, and a programming space.

Read the project factsheet- June 2021 for more information.

Community Updates

Previous Engagement Session

A virtual community engagement session was held on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 6 pm. with Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and City staff to provide additional information about the proposed project and answer questions.

Meeting Presentation 

Meeting Recording

Questions & Feedback

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

Community Liaison Office
Ideaspace
Telephone: 437-684-5857
Email: communityliaison@bigideaspace.ca

 

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.

Adding more supportive housing to the neighbourhood

With more than 8,000 people experiencing homelessness in neighbourhoods all across the city, there is an urgent need for new homes with supports. Since December 2020, the City has led the development of 12 supportive housing projects in 11 different wards. Three projects are complete, with another nine underway, representing approximately 780 new homes.

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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