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March 23, 2001
Toronto seeking proposals for transitional housing
As part of the Government of Canada's Supporting Communities Partnership
Initiative (SCPI), the City of Toronto is seeking proposals from community
groups to build transitional housing with up to $10 million in combined federal
and municipal funding.

Toronto will receive $53 million over three years under the SCPI for service
programs and capital projects aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness.
This funding release gives community-based housing sponsors an opportunity to
apply for funding to create transitional housing.

"This process is a clear example of the Government of Canada's commitment to
working with our partners to develop and implement successful ways of combating
homelessness in Toronto," said Claudette Bradshaw, Minister of Labour and
Federal Co-ordinator on Homelessness.

The City of Toronto's Let's Build program will help ensure the delivery of
selected projects by championing them through the development approval process.
Let's Build has become the "one-stop shop" for community groups interested in
creating affordable housing in Toronto. Let's Build offers a proactive
approach, comprehensive project planning and access to other municipal
incentives, such as a waiver of City development charges for non-profit housing.

"This start of transitional housing development means we are putting in place
solutions beyond building more shelters," said Toronto Councillor Brad Duguid,
Chair of the City's Community Services Committee. "We have to get more of this
kind of housing built if we want to end homelessness in this city."

Councillor Duguid added, "The lack of affordable and supportive housing for
homeless people is at a crisis level in Toronto. This initiative is a
significant step in the right direction."

In order to be considered for funding, transitional housing proposals must be
consistent with the Community Plan for Homelessness in Toronto developed by the
City of Toronto through the Government of Canada's SCPI. This plan was
developed in consultation with more than 50 community groups. Under its
Community Plan, Toronto designates 40 per cent of SCPI funding for transitional

Transitional housing improves the well-being of homeless people by addressing
their diverse needs, such as overcoming addiction or mental health issues, and
providing employment and life skills counselling. Transitional housing helps
people leave long-term homelessness behind.

The City is especially interested in proposals that meet the needs of people at
high risk of homelessness, including low-income families, youth, abused women,
Aboriginal people, immigrants and refugees, as well as gay, lesbian and
transgendered people.

Proposals must be submitted to the City's Let's Build office by April 23, 2001.

Groups that want a full copy of the Request for Proposals and the Community
Plan for Homelessness in Toronto can
  • contact Let's Build at 416-392-0051
  • check the City of Toronto Web site,, or
  • pick up a copy at the Access Toronto counter at City Hall (100 Queen Street West) and at all civic centres
  • pick up a copy at reception, 6th floor, Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto.
Proponents are invited to attend an information session to gain
further information and to ask questions about the proposal. Groups are asked
to call Let's Build at 416-392-0051 to confirm their attendance. The session
will be held Wednesday, March 28, 2001, 2 to 4 p.m. at Metro Hall, 55 John
Street, Room 314.

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