Everyone needs a safe place to live. This has always been true, but the need has never been greater than now as we face an unprecedented global health pandemic. As part of the fight against COVID-19 and to help stop the spread of the virus, our City Staff worked diligently to secure interim housing options in our Midtown community for people who had been living in congregate and encampment settings that were not deemed safe. Providing those in critical need a place to self-isolate not only protects their health and safety, but that of our entire community.
In normal times, City of Toronto staff would have proactively provided more information to the community. However, given the public health emergency, critically important and time sensitive decisions had to be made to order save lives.
These new residents, over the course of up to 6 months, will be provided with on-site supports including meals, 24/7 staff support, security and case management focused on long-term housing and other immediate needs, including harm reduction supports. Health and safety are a priority: active and ongoing screening for COVID-19 symptoms, infection prevention and control measures, and enhanced room and common area cleaning will be undertaken.
You can also review the detailed City’s News Release here for more information
How can I help?
Since new residents started moving in last week, I’ve been deeply touched by the kindness and generosity the Yonge and Eglinton community has offered. While the new residents will only be here for the next six months, the community not only wants to ensure that they are healthy and safe, but that they have everything they need to have a comfortable quality of life.
I have been working with the Republic Residents’ Association (RRA) and the General Manager of Shelter Support and Housing about how we as a community can organize an initiative to help collect household and personal items so that new residents have what they need to thrive.
See below how you can support the new residents in our community settle in by providing either a monetary donation or new or gently used household goods
Residents and businesses looking to make a financial donation to SSHA’s 55-65 Broadway COVID-19 relief efforts are asked to:
- Visit DonateTO at toronto.ca/donate
- Under ‘Where to Give’ you will see the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery option
- Select Donate Now to enter their details and make the donation
- To direct the gift to 55-65 Broadway specifically, email firstname.lastname@example.org, include your full name and that you’d like your contribution to go to the 55-65 Broadway program.
Upon completing their donation via DonateTO, a thank you email (and tax receipt for gifts of $20 or more) will be emailed to you in moments. Please see the screenshots below for further information
The Republic Residents’ Association is helping to provide requested necessities to these new neighbours in collaboration with my office, and Mary-Anne Bedard, General Manager of Shelter, Support and Housing Administration. We are asking you, if possible, to donate some essential household and personal items so that the new residents have what they need to thrive, both while they live in this dwelling and as they transition to their next, permanent home.
Your donations may be dropped off at 55 or 65 Broadway Avenue between the hours of 10:00 a.m.-12 noon and in the evening between 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Contact the Shift Leader at 437 343 8057 to arrange for your delivery ahead of time.
Please note: many previously requested items are not longer needed. Kindly restrict your donation to the following items:
- Personal Hygiene products: body wash, shampoo, deodorant, shavers, feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes/toothpaste
- Small kitchen appliances in good working order: coffee makers, kettles, toasters
- Ball caps (hats)