The City is pleased to announce that WoodGreen Community Services has been selected as the affordable and supportive housing provider at 540 Cedarvale Ave. More information is available in the latest community update.

The number of people actively experiencing homelessness in Toronto continues to grow. New homes with support services 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 has built a three-storey modular housing building at the lot at the corner of Trenton and Cedarvale Ave. Each of the 59 studio apartments is self-contained with a twin bed, a private eat-in kitchen and bathroom. The building also includes a laundry facility, a kitchen and dining room, program space and administrative offices. The building is designed to support individuals who are exiting homelessness.

Exterior of modular housing building at 540 Cedarvale Ave.
Exterior of modular housing building at 540 Cedarvale Ave.
Interior of a furnished studio apartment at 540 Cedarvale Ave.
Interior of studio unit at 540 Cedarvale Ave.

Community Updates

The City is pleased to announce that WoodGreen Community Services has been selected as the affordable and supportive housing provider at 540 Cedarvale Ave. The building will provide good quality affordable homes with a range of supports to vulnerable seniors in need of housing and support with daily activities. More information about WoodGreen and the next steps for the project and community are available in the community update below.

Past Community Updates:

Alternative Parking Options

62 parking spots have been secured nearby to help replace the parking spots lost as a result of the new development, including:

  • 33 parking spots at Parkside Elementary School will be available on evenings, weekends, and school holidays, starting when construction begins.
  • 14 additional parking spots created at the Taylor Creek parking lot at the end of Haldon Avenue in August.
  • 15 additional on-street parking has been made available on Ventnor Ave. and Cedarvale Ave. in September.

A graph showing a map of the Trenton and Cedarvale site and the alternative parking options at Parkside Public School, Taylor Creek Park, and on-street parking on Ventnor Ave. and Cedar Ave (starting this fall)

Three virtual community engagement sessions were held with Councillor Brad Bradford and City staff to provide additional information about the proposed project and answer your questions. Due to COVID-19 safety requirements, the community engagement meetings for this project were held online:

Wednesday March 17, 2021 at 7 pm
Monday May 3, 2021 at 7 pm

See Frequently Asked Questions gathered as part of the public meetings on March 8 and 17, 2021.

Community Liaison Committee Meetings

April 29, 2021- CLC Meeting #1 Notes

May 26, 2021 – CLC Meeting #2 Notes

June 3, 2021- CLC Meeting #3 Notes (includes the Safety Walk Summary Report)

July 28, 2021 – CLC Meeting #4 Notes

September 29, 2021 – CLC Meeting #5 Notes

December 2, 2022 – CLC Meeting #6 Notes

Supplementary Information

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. 

Project Announcement

Two sites that are part of the City’s modular housing initiative were formally announced on Tuesday, February 23  and stakeholder and community outreach started the same day. As part of the ongoing community engagement process meeting notices were distributed via Canada Post to more than 1,300 residents in the area starting on February 23.  This is part of phase 2 of the modular housing initiative initially approved by City Council in April 2020,  through which Council approved creation of 250 modular supportive homes on City-owned sites in 2020 and 2021, using Council approved criteria to select the sites. City staff were directed by Council to identify and expedite the development of modular supportive housing to alleviate pressures on the shelter system during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community Safety is Our Shared Priority

Based on experience here in Toronto and other communities where there is supportive housing, we do not anticipate any increased community safety issues in the neighbourhood as a result of the new housing. The property is managed by WoodGreen, an experienced non‑profit housing provider that is responsible for responding to community concerns related to the building. The City will continue to work with WoodGreen after the residents move in.

Working with Neighbours Toward a Successful Project

The City is committed to working with the local community throughout every stage of development and after the building opens. We encourage neighbours to share their interests and priorities for the site, provide feedback on building and site design elements such as lighting, pathways and landscaping, and offer suggestions for how these new homes could benefit both the new residents and the neighbourhood.

How to Apply to Live in This Building

There is no 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 visit the Finding Housing webpage.

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