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 building at 877 Yonge Street to provide new homes for approximately 250 people and support their health and well-being.

The new homes will be:

  • Studio and one-bedroom apartments with a bathroom and a kitchen.
  • Dedicated to women, Indigenous residents, seniors, people with disabilities and people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
  • The building will also include amenities such as shared laundry, a dining area, a communal area, and a programming space.
  • Tenants will have access to a variety of support services.

Read the project factsheet.

Two virtual community information session will be held with Councillor Mike Layton and City staff to provide additional information about the project and to answer your questions.

Due to COVID-19 safety requirements, the community engagement meetings for this project will be held online. You can join the meeting and ask questions using your computer, mobile device or telephone. For more information about how to participate, visit the Participate in City Virtual Engagement Events webpage.

Thursday, April 29 at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 12 at 7 p.m.
Access details will be available on the day of the event. No registration required.

 

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 Mike Layton
University-Rosedale
416-392-4009

 

Some new residents will begin moving in while renovations are carried out in other parts of the building. All renovations are anticipated to be completed by the end of 2021.

 

Timeline of supportive housing at 877 Yonge St

This building will be managed by St. Clare’s Multifaith Housing Society, a qualified and experienced non-profit housing provider which brings professional building management experience and expertise providing customized supports tailored to meet the unique needs of each resident. Experienced support workers will be in the building 24/7 to connect residents to a range of supports provided by the non-profit housing operators, health care professionals and other community-based programs.

What is 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

Was 877 Yonge St. formerly a seniors’ residence?

Yes, the building at 877 Yonge St. was formerly a seniors’ residence that ceased general operations in 2019 and the building was sold to a third party. All residents were supported to move into new homes, with the exception of one resident who remained in the building. The other units have remained vacant since 2019.

The City of Toronto purchased the building in April 2021, an important step in ensuring the building did not remain vacant when there is an urgent need for affordable housing in Toronto. The building will provide homes with supports to women, Indigenous residents, seniors, people with disabilities and people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

 

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