TORONTO — An affordable and permanent supportive rental housing building that includes 120 apartments for women has officially reopened at 389 Church St. in Toronto.
The self-contained apartments, which will be operated by the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Toronto, will house Indigenous and non-Indigenous women, gender diverse people and youth and seniors who are at risk of experiencing homelessness.
The modernization of the 13-storey residential building was undertaken by TCHC, the building owner, and funded by the City of Toronto through the Open Door Program and Section 37 funding as well as the Government of Ontario’s Home for Good program.
The YWCA Toronto has leased the building from TCHC and will manage the property and oversee the delivery of support services to the tenants, indicates a release.
Support services will be provided by YWCA Toronto as well as Wigwamen Incorporated, Margaret’s Community Housing and Support Services and Elizabeth Fry and include housing stabilization, harm reduction, health promotion and increased access to primary health care and acute mental health services.
The building also includes a pottery studio and programs that focus on celebrating the Indigenous cultural heritage of residents.
Tenants will start moving in shortly, with full occupancy anticipated by the end of May.
“As a city we have made it clear that we are committed to expanding our affordable housing supply with a focus on supportive housing,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory in a statement. “Today’s announcement is a good example of taking city assets and modernizing them so that they serve our residents better while meeting our affordable housing goals.”