Mary Sheffield House, located at 512 Jarvis St. is a shining example of what can be achieved, when we all come together to support the more vulnerable members of our community.
This innovative housing program opened its doors in November 2019. Thanks to a generous partnership with Mike and Giulia Ahmadi, a period mansion has been lovingly restored from top to bottom. It's now home to a Fred Victor program that offers safe, clean and dignified transitional housing for women over 55, who are exiting the shelter system.
This project required minor variances at the Committee of Adjustment in order to come to fruition. I was thrilled to lend my endorsement and advocate for much-needed new housing for senior women. Fred Victor is a proven City-funded operator that has done an excellent job supporting low-income and homeless members of our community. The project is named for Mary Sheffield, who founded a downtown mission to help the poor in the late 1800s.
- 'Everybody can win': How a Victorian mansion became a refuge for homeless women, CBC News, November 22, 2018.