November 22 is National Housing Day! As one of the largest non-profit housing providers in Toronto, we know that a home is more than just having a roof over one’s head. That is why we provide wrap-around supports to help our tenants at our 28 social housing properties find stability and thrive.
One of these supports is helping to create a sense of community at our housing buildings, in particular for our senior tenants. Seniors living in affordable housing may face unique challenges in building and maintaining social connections. Limited resources and potential isolation, amongst other reasons, can impact their sense of belonging. We strive to empower our residents to live fulfilling lives and build connections that last a lifetime.
- Read our Cedarvale House Community BBQ blog for insights on how we help residents connect with each other and the broader neighbourhood.
Here are three ways that we help to create communities for our senior tenants:
We’ve worked diligently to create communal spaces at our affordable housing or neighbouring sites (indoor or outdoor) to serve as gathering points for residents to meet, share stories, and engage in activities together. Above is a picture of one of our communal spaces at 540 Cedarvale Avenue which includes a TV and tables with chairs for shared meals and programming.
2. Social Events
Our teams host various events weekly for residents to come together and mingle, which include a mixture of activities such as puzzles, board games, cards, storytelling, bingo, movies, book clubs, karaoke, etc. Beyond the traditional recurring events (i.e. weekly coffee social), we host cultural celebrations, holiday gatherings and themed parties (i.e. Thanksgiving Dinner Party). These occasions provide seniors with the chance to relax and enjoy each other’s company while creating lasting memories.
Learning is a lifelong journey. We provide educational opportunities for seniors to learn, pick up a new skill or hobby and exchange ideas through workshops, classes and events on topics that are of interest to them. This allows residents to connect with one another while gaining valuable knowledge. In some cases, they serve as occasions for residents to share their experiences and skills with others. For instance, we recently introduced a new Light Exercise Class at one of our housing facilities that is led by a resident! We also have Seniors’ Active Living Centres (SALC) that run a variety of recreational activities, educational workshops and classes that help seniors enhance their well-being.
In addition to the initiatives at their respective housing sites, our senior residents have access to several programs and services that we provide to support their health and well-being, including Meals on Wheels, medical escorts, friendly visits, seniors' day programs and more.
Everyone deserves a supportive network that enhances their quality of life. With the help of our community, we are building more than affordable housing for seniors; we are building homes where residents in Toronto feel connected and supported to thrive.
Visit our Seniors programs and services webpage to learn more about the integrated care we provide for seniors.