There are approximately 7,800 people experiencing homelessness in Toronto. New homes with supports are urgently needed to ensure everyone has a warm, safe place to call home.

To respond to this urgent need, the City of Toronto has purchased the site at 4626 Kingston Road and is proposing to renovate the existing motel and add a new five-storey building using modular construction. This would create approximately 83 new homes with 24/7 on-site supports for residents.

The new homes will be:

  • Studio 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 site will include amenities such as shared laundry, a commercial kitchen, a dining area, a communal area and programming space.

Read the project factsheet for more information.

 

A virtual community engagement session was held on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 7 pm with Councillor Jennifer McKelvie and City staff to provide additional information about the proposed project and answer your questions.

Questions & Feedback

Please contact the Community Liaison Office or the Councillor’s Office if you have questions or feedback:

Community Liaison Office                             
Ideaspace
437-684-5857
Councillor Jennifer McKelvie
Scarborough-Rouge Park
416-338-3771

 

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What is 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.

The development process for this site

There are two parts to the redevelopment, the first is the renovation of the existing motel to provide housing with supports to 21 people who are experiencing homelessness. The renovations are expected to start in July.

The second part is the proposal to add modular supportive housing to the site. It is expected that this part of the proposal will be considered by Planning and Housing Committee on September 21, 2021 and then by Council on September 30, 2021. This will allow for more time in the coming months to learn more about the proposal and provide input on the site plan, including feedback on building and site design elements such as lighting, pathways and landscaping, and suggestions for how these new homes could benefit both the new residents and the neighbourhood.

Adding more supportive housing to the neighbourhood

With approximately 7,800 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.

How to apply 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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