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21 April 2022

MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: WoodGreen Community Services to host a ribbon-cutting event for its new affordable seniors’ housing building

Toronto, Ont. – On Tuesday, April 26, staff from WoodGreen Community Services, along with local representatives and community members, will take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at WoodGreen’s new affordable housing building for seniors near the corner of Gerrard St. E and Leslie St.

The new building — which includes 36 housing units and is adjacent to another WoodGreen seniors’ building, creating a campus-like experience — was made possible due to community partnership and government support. Thanks to WoodGreen’s leadership in the housing sector, it was the first project in the city to receive joint funding from the City of Toronto’s Open Door Program for Affordable Housing, Newmarket Funds (a social impact fund), and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) National Housing Co-investment Fund (NHCF).

The location of the new building was previously Riverdale United Church, a beloved community church. Great care was taken to honour the legacy of the church and its impact on the community, including a new state-of-the-art space for the parent and child resource centre which had been in the community for 40 years. The modern community space run by the Parent-Child Resource Centre was partially funded by Ontario Trillium Foundation and WoodGreen Community Services.

Members of the media are invited to attend the event.

WHAT: Ribbon-cutting ceremony at WoodGreen’s new affordable housing building for seniors

WHEN: Tuesday, April 26, 2022

TIME: 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: 1117 Gerrard St. E., Toronto

WHO: Remarks from WoodGreen’s President and CEO Anne Babcock; Toronto Mayor John Tory; Toronto Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão; Toronto Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson; and Toronto City Councillor Paula Fletcher.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: WoodGreen staff along with local representatives and community members officially opening the city’s newest affordable housing building for seniors with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Views of the interior of the new building, including the Parent Resources EarlyON Child and Family Centre.

To learn more about WoodGreen’s housing programs and services, please visit woodgreen.org.

ABOUT WOODGREEN COMMUNITY SERVICES (woodgreen.org): WoodGreen is one of the largest social service agencies in Toronto, serving 37,000 people each year. We offer over 75 programs and services tackling the social determinants that affect the health and well-being of individuals in our community.


For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Jen Mayville, Marketing & Communications Manager; [email protected]; (437) 226-8091 (cell)