YouthLink Shelter Opening Ceremony

RibbonCuttingOn Friday June 21st, YouthLink celebrated the opening of their new shelter for youth experiencing homelessness. The shelter, for people 16 years to 24 years old, contains 10 emergency and 41 long-term beds, including rooms for couples. It is Toronto’s only youth shelter with a dog kennel with space for at least six dogs, and with the opportunity for dogs to share the same room as their owner.

YouthLink's new shelter opens

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YouthLink opened their emergency shelter for youth this past week as the first part of a two stage opening that will see their transitional youth shelter open next month. The location is within a former warehouse that we converted to YouthLink’s offices 15 years ago, including the creation of a courtyard oasis in the centre of the building, which is surrounded by a low-rise, car-dominated suburban setting.

Four Corners CHC opens

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Four Corners Community Health Centre has opened. Four Corners CHC is a 11,000 SF satellite of WellFort Community Health Services, located at Westwood Mall in Mississauga. The community health centre satellite provides health promotion and illness prevention programs for the local community through primary health care and dental services offering programs and services to those living in Malton who experience barriers to good health.

Shelter Design & Technical Guidelines

We’ve been retained by the City of Toronto to develop new design and technical guidelines for shelters providing support to people who are experiencing homelessness within the city of Toronto. We are drawing upon our extensive experience in developing nearly thirty shelters to date, supplemented by a tour of twenty existing shelters within the city, and extensive engagement of the community of shelter providers and people with lived experience through focus groups, surveys and interviews. We hope this new document will help share the best practices used by existing shelter providers across the family, youth, and singles and couples sectors, including such aspects as best practices for pet-friendly shelters, gender inclusivity, culturally supportive and non-discriminatory settings.

Stonegate Community Health Centre opens

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On November 29, 2018, Stonegate Community Health Centre opened their new CHC, twice as large, with more exam rooms, a bigger dental suite, a teaching kitchen & some of the best program space in Central Etobicoke.

Stonegate Community Health Centre, as part of a network of CHCs and Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHACs) across the province, is committed to a new Community Health Centre and Aboriginal Health Access Centre Model of Health and Well Being. Stonegate CHC has been providing primary health care, health promotion and a wide variety of community programs to the Stonegate-Parklawn Community since it was created by community members in 1992.

Journey Home Hospice opens

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One of our clients, Journey Home Hospice, a new care facility for people who are homeless and facing the end of life, has officially opened its doors this week, providing inclusive high-quality care to some of the city's most vulnerable citizens. This centre of excellence for homeless palliative care will advance national best practices of care delivery. In addition to hospice palliative care, staff and volunteers will have additional training in areas such as harm reduction, mental health and addictions, and trauma-informed care.

New Hope Leslieville shelter opens

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Congratulations to The Salvation Army for their opening of the New Hope Leslieville shelter, which began taking in clients Monday, January 8, 2018. The new 60 bed shelter in a former industrial building replaces The Salvation Army’s previous Hope Shelter, which had been closed following the termination of the lease at the previous location. CBC has an article on-line providing more background.

Rexdale CHC opens

rexchcwaiting640Our Rexdale Community Health Centre satellite located in the City of Toronto’s Rexdale Community Hub on Panorama Court in Rexdale is now open. We had initially done the feasibility study for the City that led to the acquisition of this former school for the purposes of the Rexdale Community Hub, so that the completion of this CHC as a major hub anchor tenant represents the culmination of nine years of background work.

Office fit-out

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We recently completed the fit-out of the new headquarters for a health sector not-for-profit provincial Crown agency, carried out through the Province of Ontario’s Infrastructure Ontario. The space, which occupies a floor of a large office building in downtown Toronto, was designed and executed on a very tight timeframe, and accommodates 165 staff, some of whom operate on a 24/7 basis, with extensive support infrastructure. Check out this link for the project profile.

New Frontiers Aboriginal Residential Corporation affordable housing

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The second of our projects for New Frontiers Aboriginal Residential Corporation (NFARC) has now reached occupancy. This project, on St. Clair Avenue East, provides 22 units of affordable rental housing for families of indigenous ancestry. Check out the project profile here.