The City of Toronto provides a range of grant funding opportunities for non-profit, community based and Indigenous organizations to provide a variety of housing supports and homelessness services to residents.
The City, guided through the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan and the Homelessness Solutions Service Plan, continues to build and strengthen a responsive, housing-focused and people-centered homelessness service system, while shifting towards more sustainable, permanent, affordable housing solutions.
In support of the City’s commitment to truth and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, the City prioritizes applications by Indigenous-led organizations that serve Indigenous residents. Aligned with the City’s Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism, the City also prioritizes applications by Black-led organizations that serve Black and racialized communities.
The Housing Access and Support Services program includes the five funding opportunities listed below. By clicking on the link to each funding opportunity page, you can learn more about who should apply, service delivery requirements, how to apply, information session dates, application deadlines and funding terms.
Service providers seeking funding from more than one funding opportunity will need to submit a separate application for each opportunity.
Daytime drop-in programs support individuals who are experiencing homelessness by providing an inclusive, safe and low-barrier space that supports social cohesion and provides nutritious meals and referrals to other community supports as needed. These programs are also an important link to help people find and sustain housing.
Successful applicants operate a local, community-based space that provides daytime meals, social connection and programming for those who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, as well as information or referrals to related programs for people with a wide variety of needs, including housing help.
Daytime drop-in staff members must have:
Daytime drop-in programs must:
More detailed requirements on this project model will be provided in the information session. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. These service requirements will form part of the funding agreement for successful applicants.
If you are interested in applying to the Daytime Drop-In Program funding opportunity, please submit an email request to HSS@toronto.ca to receive an application package.
Thank you to all the organizations that submitted an application to the Toronto Tenant Support Program (TTSP). Your ongoing support and interest in the development of tenant support programs across the city is appreciated.
In total, the City received 15 applications covering all four (4) TTSP program categories. All applications were carefully evaluated by the City’s Shelter, Support and Housing Administration Division (SSHA) through a comprehensive review process. The following projects have been approved to deliver services to tenants under the TTSP, starting April 1, 2022:
|TTSP Category||Project Title||Organization|
|Professional Legal Services||Legal supports to preserve tenancies and affordable housing||Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)|
|Organizing and Capacity Building||FMTA Outreach and Organizing Team||Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations (FMTA)|
|Information Services||Tenant Info Hub||Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations (FMTA)|
|Holistic Information and Referral Strategy for Housing Support||Centre for Immigrant and Community Services (CICS)|
|Research, Policy and Data Development Projects||Preserving affordable rental housing in Toronto – a community based research platform||Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)|
All three (3) organizations above will be working in partnership to deliver services under the TTSP. Projects will be funded for a three-year term, beginning April 1, 2022 and ending March 31, 2025. The City expects to launch the next call for applications for TTSP projects in 2024, before the funding term ends.
If you are interested in learning more about the services that will be offered to tenants or if your organization would like to collaborate by initiating a formal or informal partnership, please contact the organizations above directly. Contact information for each organization can be found on the organization’s website.
SSHA, in partnership with community partners, delivers housing and homelessness services and programs for Toronto residents as outlined in the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan. The Toronto Tenant Support Program (TTSP), adopted by City Council on July 14, 2021, will support tenants in private market rental housing.
SSHA launched a Call for Applications on November 15, 2021 inviting non-profit organizations to submit an application to the following four (4) program categories under the Toronto Tenant Support Program:
The objective of this funding category is to deliver professional legal services to support Toronto tenants in disputing eviction matters or other tenancy issues at the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB), Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, Divisional Court or other administrative tribunal(s).
The objective of this funding category is to provide general outreach and organizing supports in each quadrant of the city to develop tenant associations and to work with established tenant associations to expand awareness on tenant rights and responsibilities.
The objective of this funding category is to expand tenants’ knowledge and awareness of their rights and responsibilities through a variety of communication strategies and information services.
The objective of this funding category is to conduct research, collect data and report to the City on topic areas impacting the preservation of affordable rental housing in Toronto.