I am championing affordable, transitional and supportive housing. There is not enough affordable housing in Toronto. As a result, waitlists for affordable housing are very long. No Councillor has the ability or authority to expedite the waiting period for housing or transfers or move someone to the top of the list. However there are steps you can take to increase the likelihood of a spot opening up sooner such as:
- Do not limit your choices to 1 bedroom, bachelor apartments often are available much sooner than one bedroom.
- Widen your selection of buildings – finding RGI or affordable housing in the core of the city is often a longer process than finding housing on the outskirts of the city.
- Visit this link to see if you qualify for special priority statuses
- If you are 59 years of age or older, do not forget to add seniors' buildings to your housing choices.
Special Priority Status
Apply for a Transfer
Subsidized, Market or Affordable Rent
There are multiple housing help agencies that are dedicated to helping individuals find and keep affordable housing and avoid eviction.
Housing Help Agencies
If you are experiencing issues with private property misuse or property standards, including lack of maintenance, contact 311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more Community- Based services, please call 211.
Individuals that are on Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program and have emergency housing needs, may be eligible for the Housing Stabilization Fund.
Housing Stabilization Fund
Individuals who are in arrears, facing an eviction or in need of first and last months' rent may be eligible for a loan from the Toronto Rent Bank which provides a loan of up to two months' rent.
Toronto Rent Bank
If you require a referral to a food bank near you, call the Daily Bread at 416-203-0050.
The Red Cross offers delivery services if you are unable to access a food bank due to a temporary or permanent disability.
Calling 211 will connect you with staff that can provide a more extensive list of services.
The Toronto Drop-In Network (TDIN) is an active coalition of over 50 drop-in centres throughout the City of Toronto that works with people who are homeless, marginally housed or socially isolated, to provide social services and supports.
Toronto Drop-In Network
Members of the general public who are concerned about someone they see on the street should call 311 or, in the case of emergency, 911.
Anyone who needs emergency shelter should call 311 or Central Intake at 416-338-4766 or toll-free at 1-877-338-3398.
Streets to Homes has a pool of workers helping individuals who are sleeping outside or street-involved find a safe place to rest, permanent housing, or find washrooms, showers, laundry, and health care services. The Streets to Homes Assessment and Referral Center is available to call 24 hours a day at 416-392-0090
The Shelter, Support & Housing Administration Division (SSHA) ensures that homeless people and people at risk of homelessness have a range of shelter and affordable housing options and provides temporary shelter and support for homeless individuals and families while assisting them to achieve permanent housing solutions.
Make a Complaint About Housing & Homelessness Services
View the City's Shelter, Support & Housing Division Staff Directory
If you are experiencing issues with private property misuse or property standards, including lack of maintenance, contact 311.
Toronto Community Housing
Lorna Davis, TCHC Operating Unit Manager for Central Sherbourne
155 Sherbourne St
Central Sherbourne Information
Maxwell Meighen Centre
Address: 135 Sherbourne St, Toronto, ON M5A 2R5
Homes First Society
Address: 90 Shuter St, Toronto, ON M5B 2K6
Good Shepherd Ministries
Address: 412 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1T3
St. Simon's Shelter
Address: 525 Bloor St E, Toronto, ON M4W 1J1
Homelessness is a state of emergency
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