Housing Resources

Document TitleSorted By Document Title In Ascending OrderDescriptionDocumentPublisherDate
A New Direction: A Framework for Homelessness PreventionThis framework sets out what it will take to stop homelessness before it starts, to avoid its often-traumatizing effects. The aim of the framework is to begin a nation-wide conversation on what prevention looks like, and what it will take to shift toward homelessness prevention.DocumentCanadian Observatory on Homelessness2017
A Place to Call Home: Report of the Expert Advisory Panel on HomelessnessA report to the Government of Ontario with recommendations to end homelessness within the next 10 years.DocumentGovernment of Ontario - Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing2015
Finding Home: Policy Options for Addressing Homelessness in CanadaFinding Home aims to fill a gap in the information available on homelessness by providing an easily accessible collection of the best Canadian research and policy analysis on homelessness. Chapter 5 of this e-book is dedicated to Immigrants and Refugees and contains 3 papers. 5.1 Living On The Ragged Edges: Latin Americans and Muslims and the Experience of Homelessness in Toronto, 5.2: Taking Care Of Their Own? Or Falling Between the Cracks? Absolute Relative Homelessness Among Immigrants, Refugees, Refugee Claimants in Vancouver and 5.3: At Risk in Canada's Outer Suburbs: A Pilot Study of Immigrants and Homelessness in York Region.DocumentCanadian Observatory on Homelessness2009
From a National Housing Strategy to the Right to HousingA summary of key issues that are currently top-of-mind to housing advocates, highlights from the 2016 Canadian Housing and Renewal Association conference.DocumentMaytree Foundation2016
Getting to Know the Housing WorkerAn infographic designed to help settlement workers better understand the responsibilities and scope of work of housing workers.DocumentToronto South LIP2018
Getting to Know the Settlement WorkerAn infographic designed to help housing workers better understand the responsibilities and scope of work of settlement workers.DocumentToronto South LIP2018
Housing Help ServicesHousing Help Centres are non-profit agencies that help people find and keep affordable housing and avoid eviction. This free service provides vacancy listings and informal mediation. Most centres have Toronto Rent Bank Services. DocumentCity of Toronto 
How to Increase affordable housing: Six Innovative SolutionsThe shortage of supply and the unaffordability of homes are key elements of Britain’s housing crisis. Gina Netto draws on research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to outline six potential solutions which could increase the supply of affordable housing.DocumentLondon School of Economics and Political Science2017
International Forum Report 2018The International Forum serves to build stronger relationships with international counterparts, underlining the common challenges faced by those working in the housing and homelessness sector. What follows is a brief country overview from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom on some of the topics discussed at the International Forum.DocumentCanadian Housing and Renewal Association2018
LGBTQ2S Adult Housing Needs AssessmentThe purpose of this needs assessment was to examine the housing and support needs of LGBTQ2S adults who have experienced homelessness.DocumentDaybreak Non-Profit Housing2017
Making room for families in a vertical TorontoA Commentary published in the Toronto Star by Jennifer Keesmaat about how to better accommodate families in an increasingly vertical, decreasingly affordable downtown.DocumentToronto Star2016
National Housing Strategy: A place to call homeNothing is more important than home. Canada’s first ever National Housing Strategy is a 10-year, $40-billion plan that will strengthen the middle class, fuel our economy and give more Canadians across the country a place to call home.DocumentGovernment of Canada2018
Planning Cities for Families - Chief Planner Roundtable Volume 3A roundtable discussion on what the City can do to encourge families to stay in the Downtown once children reach school age. The Roundtable touched on a variety of issues including the availability of child care and other essential services such as libraries, in addition ot the need for more family-sized housing in new residential developments.DocumentCity of Toronto2015
Precarious Housing and Hidden Homelessness Among Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Immigrants in the Toronto Metropolitan AreaThis report is part of a pan-Canadian research project entitled Precarious Housing and Hidden Homelessness among Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Immigrants in Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver funded by the Homelessness Partnering Secretariat, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and managed in collaboration with the National Secretariat of the Metropolis Project. Concerns about the housing situation of newcomers have increased recently. It is taking longer for newcomers to achieve wages and salaries equivalent to those of equally qualified Canadian-born workers, the incidence of low incomes is increasing among immigrant households at the same time as it has been declining among Canadian-born households, and housing is becoming more expensive in Canada’s major cities, including Toronto. Affordable rental housing of any type is in short supply in Toronto where few rental units are suitable for families and almost 90,000 households are on the waiting list for subsidized social housing.DocumentCERIS Working Paper2011
Putting People First: Transforming Toronto Community HousingThis working group was tasked to make findings on the proposed sale of 619 homes, the backlog of repairs and a strategy to re-engage the federal and provincial governments in providing affordable housing. This report is recommendations on these issues developed through research and community consultations.DocumentSpecial Housing Working Group, City of Toronto2012
Seeking Supportive Housing: Characteristics, Needs and Outcomes of Applicants to The Access PointWhat are the characteristics of people who have applied for supportive housing – demographics, homelessness, mental health or addiction issues, housing preferences, and support needs? What are the wait times, and who is more likely to be housed sooner? This report provides some answers to these and related questions.DocumentWellesley Institute2018
Shaping Futures: Housing Policies for the 21st CenturySeven PowerPoint presentations from the Shaping Futures International Symposium including presentations from Toronto (University of Toronto, Glasgow (University of Glasgow) and Australia (University of New South Wales) DocumentNeighbourhood Change2017
The Intersection of Settlement and Housing Services and Policies: Reducing the Risk of Homelessness for Immigrant and Refugee WomenThis report provides insight into the pressing issues facing women immigrants to Toronto, and the service communities that support them. This report is an attempt to provide a better understanding of the policy context in which women immigrants seek assistance with housing and settlement, the service context in which this assistance is rendered, and the lived experience of the women themselves.DocumentOCASI, COSTI and WoodGreen Community Services2015
THIS is Housing First for Youth: A Program Model GuideHousing First for Youth (HF4Y) is a rights-based intervention for young people (aged 13-24) who experience homelessness, or who are at risk. It is designed to address the needs of developing adolescents and young adults by providing them with immediate access to housing that is safe, affordable and appropriate, and the necessary and age-appropriate supports that focus on health, well-being, life skills, engagement in education and employment, and social inclusion.DocumentCanadian Observatory on Homelessness2017

Housing Websites

WebsitesSorted By Websites In Ascending OrderDescriptionLinkPublisher
Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)ACTO works for the advancement of human rights and justice in housing for low-income Ontarians through legal advice and representation, law reform, community organizing, training and education.WebsiteLegal Aid Ontario
Centre for Equality Rights in Accomodation (CERA)A non profit charity dedicated to preventing evictions and ending housing discrimination across Ontario. CERA was founded in 1987 as the only organization in Canada with a primary focus on promoting human rights in housing.WebsiteCERA
Find a Housing Help CentreHousing Help Centres will help you find appropriate housing, apply for social housing and access rent bank and utility grants. There are 10 locations in Toronto.WebsiteCity of Toronto
H.O.M.E Housing Opportunities and Marketplace ExchangeA website portal connecting Syrian Refugees to Housing and ResourcesWebsiteWoodGreen Community Services
Neighbourhood ChangeThis website is the online home for a major research initiative focused on long term trends relating to the urban impact of growing income inequality and socio-spatial polarization in Canada and in cities in similar nations.WebsiteUniversity of Toronto
RENTA website for frontline staff who support residents in finding and maintaining housing. Membership based, free, includes a number of training sessions, access to listings of affordable market units and housing resources.WebsiteRENT - East York East Toronto Family Resources
The Access PointThe Access Point is a centralized point where you can apply for individual mental health and addictions support services and supportive housing.WebsiteThe Access Point