TORONTO – Toronto Mayor John Tory and other local politicians were onsite recently as the first of 57 modular units were delivered and moved into place by crane as part of a new social housing project on Dundalk Drive in the city.
The modular housing is intended for citizens experiencing homelessness. When completed, the supportive housing building at 39 Dundalk Dr. will be operated by Homes First Society, a non-profit housing organization, a release explained.
The modular homes will replace the spaces residents are currently occupying at a hotel shelter adjacent to the Dundalk site. Residents will pay rent based on their incomes and have access to a private studio apartment with a kitchen and a bathroom and amenities including a commercial kitchen, laundry room, programming spaces and office and support areas.
Future residents are intended to be women, Indigenous residents, seniors and people with disabilities. The project was developed in pursuit of the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan’s target of approving 40,000 new affordable rental homes, including 18,000 supportive homes.
The project is part of the second phase of the Modular Housing Initiative approved by city council in April 2020 and funded through a partnership between the city and the federal government. The land at 39 Dundalk Dr. is owned by the Toronto Community Housing Corporation.
“Individuals who were formerly homeless will now have a home, with 24-hour staff on hand, specialized case managers, and a full meal program,” stated Patricia Mueller, CEO of Homes First Society in a statement.