Homes First develops and provides affordable, stable housing and support services to break the cycle of homelessness for people with the fewest housing options.
There are over 8,000 people in Toronto without a safe, stable place to live. Hundreds live “rough”--in ravines, stairwells, or on the street. Hundreds more suffer from mental illness and addictions. This forgotten slice of our population, people who have been street-involved for several years and who have nowhere else to go, is where Homes First comes in.
Why a home is important...
With a home, people can be part of a community, obtain an ID, register for social services, and keep in touch with family and friends.
With a home, people gain respect, dignity, and the ability to care for themselves and others.
The vast majority of homeless people – even those with severe mental health and/or substance use issues – can successfully stay housed and off the street when the right supports are in place.
About HOMES FIRST
Everyone needs a home.
We were the first and remained one of the largest providers of non-profit housing for the homeless in Toronto.
Homes First Numbers:
•19 Buildings in 9 Toronto neighborhoods
•Housing 1,000 men, women, and families every night
•Helping the homeless for 30 years
The housing first approach was pioneered by Homes First 30 years ago. Housing first is proven to reduce the cost associated with health care and justice system use.