Transitional housing helps people who have histories of homelessness, addiction, or periods of incarceration – to find and keep a home.
145 Queen Street East
When we renovated our main affordable housing site at Queen and Jarvis Streets in 2011, we designated 20 units on the second floor as a transitional housing program to help people who are homeless and suffering from addictions rebuild their lives. People living in these units have long histories of street homelessness or periods of incarceration.
For up to one year, residents receive intensive support for daily living from our staff so they can move into permanent housing. Support doesn’t end when someone graduates from the program; our staff continues to follow up with each person individually and maintains strong relationships with their landlords.
Although the program, funded by the Toronto Local Health Integration Network , is still young, our statistics suggest that if a resident is able to stay committed to the program for more than six months, their chances of finding and keeping an apartment in the future increase dramatically.
Transitional Shelter for Older Women
Fred Victor’s Transitional Shelter for Older Women is a partnership between Fred Victor and Loft Community Services that serves women who are 55 years of age or older and who experience complex physical and mental health, developmental and/or substance-use difficulties.
The 23-bed transitional shelter welcomes women with diabetes, cancer, heart disease, disability from stroke, glaucoma combined with unstable mental health among many other challenges.
LOFT Community Services co-ordinates the care of the seniors by planning for appropriate permanent housing and providing Personal Support Workers to residents who need help with daily living and personal care. Fred Victor manages the day-to-day operation of the shelter and community development programs such as social and recreational activities.