TORONTO – The City of Toronto announced milestones for two supportive housing projects on Nov. 20 and Nov. 22 respectively, taking advantage of two different streams of funding.
On Nov. 20, the city announced the creation of 68 new rent-geared-to-income homes at 4201-4203 Kingston Rd. under the third phase of the federal Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI). The RHI is a capital funding program that helps create new affordable and supportive rental housing for people experiencing homelessness.
The new units will be built and operated by Gabriel Dumont Non-Profit Homes, an Indigenous housing provider. The project received $28.1 million in capital funding from the federal government and the city has committed $6.29 million in funding and financial incentives including waiving development charges, and planning and building fees and property tax exemptions.
The units will be a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments and includes amenity spaces for tenants. The homes will be allotted to Indigenous people with no tenant paying more than 30 per cent of their income or the shelter allowance of their income support benefit on rent.
Two days later, the city announced the opening of 57 new rent-geared-to-income modular homes with wraparound supports at 39 Dundalk Dr., also for people suffering from homelessness. Construction of the project began last year.
Residents will begin moving into their new units at the end of this month. The building will be operated by Homes First Society, a non-profit housing organization with expertise in providing homes for the homeless. Tenants will pay rent based on their incomes.
The 57 new homes will be private studio apartments with a kitchenette and a bathroom including 20 barrier-free homes. The new building will also have common amenities for residents including a laundry room, dining and communal areas, an outdoor patio and garden, as well as administrative offices and a commercial kitchen that will provide onsite meals for residents.
The project is the result of a partnership between the federal government, the Province of Ontario and the city combining $4.275 million in federal capital funding and $2 million in annual provincial operating funding for support services and municipal capital funding, land and project delivery. Toronto Community House owns the land.