Ontario Investing in Supportive Housing in Toronto
Province helping vulnerable women with affordable housing and supports
Toronto ― The Ontario government is investing over $5.2 million in Toronto to give women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless the housing and support services they need.
Ontario's investment will go towards 35 new apartments for Margaret's Housing and Community Support Services in downtown Toronto. Four semi-detached homes will be converted into an apartment building on Winchester Street. The new building will feature 31 bachelor units and four one-bedroom units. Seven of the units will be wheelchair accessible. The building will also feature a large kitchen and dining room where tenants can take cooking classes or eat together.
Margaret's Housing and Community Support Services helps women with chronic mental health challenges by giving them access to their own living space, life skills coaching, and other community services and resources.
Margaret's staff provide ongoing supports to help residents develop life skills, educate them about their illnesses, provide medication management, and help residents engage in meaningful activities. Staff will include four credentialed workers, two peer support workers and one program manager.
"In everything our government does, we are putting people first, by investing in housing and homelessness, including supportive housing," said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "Homelessness is not just a housing issue. By investing in local organizations like Margaret's, we can help the most vulnerable people move off the streets and get the crucial support services they need."
This funding is provided through Ontario's Home for Good supportive housing program, which provides housing assistance and support services to people experiencing homelessness or who are at imminent risk of homelessness.
"In transferring these four rooming houses from Toronto Community Housing to Margaret's Housing and Community Support Services we are helping to end the cycle of chronic homelessness for 35 women who will be able to call these new self-contained apartments home," said Ana Bailão, Deputy Mayor of the City of Toronto.
The new apartment building is expected to open next year.
- Ontario has more than 20 supportive housing programs assisting people with a wide range of support, including Indigenous people, those with mental health issues, people with developmental disabilities, seniors, youth, and people who have experienced homelessness.
- The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is part of a cross-government approach working with other ministries to identify opportunities to streamline and improve coordination of the Province’s supportive housing programs.