The Ontario government is investing over $5.2 million in Toronto to give women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless the housing and support services they need.
Ontario's investment will go towards 35 new apartments for Margaret's Housing and Community Support Services in downtown Toronto. Four semi-detached homes will be converted into an apartment building on Winchester Street. The new building will feature 31 bachelor units and four one-bedroom units. Seven of the units will be wheelchair accessible. The building will also feature a large kitchen and dining room where tenants can take cooking classes or eat together.
Margaret's Housing and Community Support Services helps women with chronic mental health challenges by giving them access to their own living space, life skills coaching, and other community services and resources.
Margaret's staff provide ongoing supports to help residents develop life skills, educate them about their illnesses, provide medication management, and help residents engage in meaningful activities. Staff will include four credentialed workers, two peer support workers and one program manager.
This funding is provided through Ontario's Home for Good supportive housing program, which provides housing assistance and support services to people experiencing homelessness or who are at imminent risk of homelessness.
The new apartment building is expected to open next year.