On November 15, Mayor John Tory announced the opening of 59 new modular homes with support services at 540 Cedarvale Ave. (Cedarvale) for individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Mayor Tory was joined by Councillor Brad Bradford (Beaches-East York) and Anne Babcock, President and CEO of WoodGreen Community Services.
Cedarvale, which will welcome residents later this month, will specialize in housing single seniors exiting homelessness or with insecure housing. Residents will have access to experienced staff in the building 24/7, consisting of professionals who are trained to support vulnerable seniors to improve their health and wellbeing. The 59 new homes will be studio apartments, each with a kitchen and a bathroom. The new building will also have common amenities for residents including a dining room, a laundry room and programming space, as well as administrative offices and a commercial kitchen that can provide on-site meals for residents.
WoodGreen Community Services was selected as the non-profit housing provider through a competitive process earlier this year, which was led by CreateTO. The building is the result of a partnership between federal, provincial, and municipal governments, combining federal capital funding through the Rapid Housing Initiative, provincial operating funding for support services and municipal capital funding, land and project delivery.
In addition to leading the procurement process, CreateTO worked with the City on the selection of the site and a site plan approval.