Creating New Affordable and Supportive Housing at 222 Spadina Avenue
To truly tackle the affordable housing crisis in our city, we must take bold steps – like acquiring a private hotel in our downtown core and turning it into affordable housing units with fully-integrated supports.
Today, the City of Toronto, in partnership with the Federal Government, announced that we have invested $22.3 million to purchase a building at 222 Spadina Avenue to create supportive housing that meets people's needs and provides safe and secure homes that people can afford.
The three-floor former hotel in a multi-use building will provide new homes for approximately 84 people and support their health and well‑being. The building will have studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, each with their own bathroom and a kitchen. The building will include amenities such as shared laundry, a communal area and programming space. A building operator and service provider will be selected through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process and will be in place before tenants move in.
The City also announced today the purchase of 877 Yonge Street, a 15-storey former retirement residence that will provide new affordable and supportive housing for approximately 250 people.
Both buildings will be dedicated to women, Indigenous residents, seniors, people with disabilities and people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and will offer a variety of support services to the tenants.
The City is also supporting both buildings though it’s Open Door program by providing relief from property taxes for the affordable housing component and exemptions from Building Permit fees and charges. To meet the urgent need for creating permanent housing with support services and alleviate the pressure on the city's shelter system, the City will be fast-tracking the planning approvals.
The creation of these new homes is an integral part of the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan, as well as the COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Response Plan. Occupancy for 877 Yonge Street is expected to begin as early as May 2021, and full occupancy for both buildings is anticipated to take place by December 2021.
Currently the rooms at 222 Spadina are being operated as temporary shelter space. The shelter client residents and the operators will relocate to a new temporary hotel shelter location at 92 Peter Street starting in early May. For more information, please click here or contact the Community Engagement Facilitator at [email protected] or 437-522-9510.
As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, our city’s affordable housing crisis has taken on an even greater urgency. For years, we’ve known that housing and public health are directly connected. Now, it’s more important than ever that we take action, and invest in a range of housing solutions to meet all needs.