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Ontario Expands Support for the City of Toronto's Bridges to Housing Project for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

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Ontario Expands Support for the City of Toronto's Bridges to Housing Project for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Creative Project Provides Critical Residential and Mental Health Supports

Ministry of Community and Social Services

Ontario is helping people with developmental disabilities in Toronto by expanding support to the Bridges to Housing project. 

The City of Toronto's Bridges to Housing provides residential and mental health supports to homeless adults with developmental disabilities through supportive, individualized housing solutions. This new investment will help to expand the reach of the project so that more people can benefit from these important services.

The Bridges to Housing project leverages support and expertise from the City of Toronto, Developmental Services Ontario-Toronto Region (DSO TR) at Surrey Place Centre, Community Living Toronto and the Inner City Family Health Team.

Investing in residential supports for people with developmental disabilities is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is providing $730,000 in continued support for the City of Toronto’s Bridges to Housing project. This includes $465,000 in annualized funding beginning in 2018/19 to continue the project and maintain supports for individuals currently housed; and $166,000 in 2017/18 and $99,000 in 2018/19 in one-time funding to support implementation of the project.
  • The province first supported Bridges to Housing in 2015 as part of an investment recommended by the Developmental Services Housing Task Force. This Task Force is the first ever cross-sector Task Force to tackle housing issues specifically for adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Ontario has announced its commitment to continue to support individuals who have participated in and obtained housing as part of the Developmental Services Housing Task Force demonstration projects.
  • Ontario’s Developmental Services Housing Task Force is a cross-sector group created to assist the province with addressing housing opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Since 2015, the government has provided $5.6 million to support implementation of the 18 demonstration projects for creative, inclusive and cost-effective housing arrangements for people with a developmental disability and their families

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Dr. Helena Jaczek

“The Bridges to Housing demonstration project speaks to our government’s strong belief that there is there is no one-sized fits all solution to housing for those with developmental disabilities. The solution is finding residential supports that meet the unique needs of a wide range of individuals through creative partnerships and innovation. I’d like to thank the Bridges to Housing Team for all the work they’ve been doing since the launch of the project.”

Dr. Helena Jaczek

Minister of Community and Social Services

“The Bridges to Housing project connects cross sectoral partners to better understand and support adults with developmental disabilities experiencing homelessness to develop a robust and effective pathway to diagnosis and care. Our experience with the project has shown that rapid access to primary care, case management, housing and mental health supports not only improved housing and health outcomes, it has saved lives. The Bridges to Housing team is thankful to the province for its continued support.”

Dr. Sylvain Roy

Clinical Lead, Bridges to Housing Program

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