There are approximately 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.

Image showing the map of 65 Dundas Street East at the southwest corner of Dundas Street East and Bond Street and photos of three individuals as representation of future residents of the building.

The City of Toronto has purchased the property at 65 Dundas St. East (formerly the Bond Hotel) to respond to the urgent need for permanent affordable homes. The existing building will be renovated to offer:

  • homes for a range of incomes, including some deeply affordable homes with supports
  • studio and one-bedroom apartments with a private bathroom and kitchenette
  • at least 15 per cent of the apartments will be accessible (e.g. washrooms with roll-in shower, vanity, toilet area, and grab bars and barrier-free paths throughout the suite)
  • amenities such as shared laundry, a dining area, communal space, and multiple programming and tenant support spaces.

Starting in September 2022 through to the end of 2023, the shelter program will undertake a phased, gradual closure to ensure clients are supported while renovations take place. All clients will receive support to move to another shelter or into housing before the closure of the temporary shelter program, expected by the end of 2023.

Read the Project Factsheet – August 2022 for more information.

 

The City of Toronto has purchased the building at 65 Dundas St. East to provide permanent homes for people in need as soon as possible. The City is working through the transition from shelter to permanent housing with Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services to ensure residents are properly supported. It is anticipated that residents will begin to move into the new permanent homes in spring of 2023.

The minor variance application will be considered by the Toronto and East York Committee of Adjustment on September 21, 2022. See the City’s application information centre for more information on the minor variance application for 65 Dundas St. E.

More information about the Committee of Adjustment and how to participate is available here.

 

This graph shows the expected project timeline (approximate and subject to change)) which includes community notification and outreach in August 2022, City taking ownership of the building in September 2022, Committee of Adjustment in September 2022, beginning of the phased closure of the shelter program in September 2022, and beginning of the renovations in October 2022. Residents are expected to begin moving into their new homes in spring of 2023.

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.

Transition from the Temporary Shelter Program at the Bond Hotel

As part of the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for physical distancing in the shelter system, 65 Dundas St. East was leased by the City of Toronto for use as a temporary shelter program.

Starting in September 2022, the shelter program will begin a phased closure while renovations take place. All clients will receive support to move to another shelter or into housing before the closure of the temporary shelter program, expected by the end of 2023.

Operations of the Future Homes

The City is working through the transition from shelter to permanent housing with Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services to ensure residents are properly supported. An experienced property manager will also be selected through a competitive process in 2022 to partner with the support services provider.

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