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 purchased the site at 4626 Kingston Road and is undertaking work in two phases: a motel renovation (Phase 1) and addition of a new five-storey building using modular construction (Phase 2). Together, this would create approximately 86 new homes with 24/7 on-site supports for residents. Phase one is complete and phase two construction will commence later in 2022.

The new homes in both phases will be:

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

Phase 1: Motel Renovation

The motel renovations in Phase 1 were completed in August 2022, with a total of 22 supportive homes.

A photo of the renovated motel portion at 4626 Kingston Road.
The renovated motel portion at 4626 Kingston Road.
An affordable rental home at the renovated motel portion at 4626 Kingston Road. The room has light blue walls. There is a white side table near the bed with blue sheets. Behind the bed is a white drawer and a closet. To the right of the closet there is an entrance to the kitchen. There is a white dining table with chairs located across of the bed.
An affordable rental home at the renovated motel portion at 4626 Kingston Road.

The new modular building will include 64 homes, and amenities such as shared laundry, a commercial kitchen, a dining area, a communal area and programming space. Construction is expected to be complete later in 2023.

Preliminary artist’s rendering of the modular building, from Orchard Park Dr. Final design subject to approval.
Preliminary artist’s rendering of the modular building, from Orchard Park Dr. Final design subject to approval.
Preliminary artist’s rendering of the modular building, from Orchard Park Dr. Final design subject to approval.
Preliminary artist’s rendering of the modular building, from Orchard Park Dr. Final design subject to approval.

Community Updates

Project Factsheet

Read the Supportive Housing in Toronto – 4626 Kingston Rd – Fact Sheet for more information about this project.

Previous Engagement Sessions

Two virtual engagement sessions have been held with Councillor Jennifer McKelvie and City staff to provide additional information about the proposed project and answer your questions.

Thursday, June 24, 2021, at 7pm
Meeting Presentation
Meeting Summary (Unfortunately due to technical issues, a video recording of the Community Meeting held on June 24th is not available).
Thursday, October 7, 2021, at 7pm
Meeting Presentation 
Recording of the Meeting

The City is pleased to introduce the community to Fred Victor, the non-profit housing provider that has been selected to manage the buildings and operate the affordable and supportive homes at 4626 Kingston Rd. Fred Victor is a multi-service charitable organization that has worked to improve the health, income, and housing stability of people experiencing poverty and homelessness in Toronto for over 125 years, and is currently operating our of 20 locations across Toronto. Fred Victor has over 35 years of experience owning and operating affordable and supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals.

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.

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 22 people who are experiencing homelessness. The renovations started in August.

The second part is the proposal to add a modular  housing building to the site to create a further 64 supportive homes.

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 11 supportive housing projects in 10 different wards. Three projects are complete, with another eight underway, representing approximately 660 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, please visit the Finding Housing webpage.

 

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