Fifty-one new affordable homes with onsite healthcare services are officially coming to Toronto in partnership with the University Health Network Gattuso Centre for Social Medicine.
Representatives from both the federal and municipal governments joined together to announce the new four-storey modular housing development on Friday.
The development, which will go up on the south parking lot at UHN’s EW Bickle Centre for Complex Continuing Care in Parkdale, will be built through the City’s Rapid Housing Initiative and ready for occupancy by spring 2022.
“The new modular homes with supports planned for 150 Dunn Avenue are so much more than just a place to live,” said Mayor John Tory. “These are homes within a vibrant and welcoming community that will improve the health and well-being of those who will live there, as well as the surrounding community.”
Each of the units will be a studio apartment with a bathroom and kitchen. Individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness, seniors, women, Indigenous peoples, and racialized persons will be prioritized for residency.
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Thanks to the partnership with the UHN Gattuso Centre for Social Medicine and an additional partnership with United Way Greater Toronto, residents of these affordable homes will have access to onsite supportive healthcare and social services. Residents will also be connected to primary care and other health services at UHN’s Parkdale campus.
“We are a city that cares and a city dedicated to improving the quality of life for all our residents,” said Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão. “This new social medicine model will help ensure that some of the most vulnerable and marginalized members of our city get the housing and supports that they deserve.”