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14 September 2022

WoodGreen Community Services announced as non-profit provider for new municipal supportive housing development in east Toronto

Toronto, ON – WoodGreen Community Services is proud to announce that it has been chosen as the non-profit provider to operate a new City of Toronto supportive housing development in the city’s east end.

The modular housing development at 540 Cedarvale Ave. in East York will house single seniors 55 years of age and older who are experiencing poverty and homelessness or are precariously housed, including single men and women who need permanent affordable housing and moderate supports to achieve and maintain housing stability.

“With the cost of living skyrocketing in Toronto, it’s becoming more and more difficult for low-income people, including seniors, to have a place to call home,” said Anne Babcock, President & CEO of WoodGreen Community Services. “WoodGreen Community Services is proud to be the non-profit partner of this new housing development that will not only put a roof over vulnerable seniors’ heads but will also give them access to supports to help them to thrive.”

WoodGreen was chosen as the non-profit partner for the development following an RFP process with the municipality. Experienced staff will be in the building 24/7 to connect residents to a wide range of supports provided by WoodGreen, including community and mental health programs, health care professionals, and other community-based partner programs. WoodGreen helps to empower vulnerable populations by:

  • Meeting tenants exiting homelessness where they are and working collaboratively with them to identify their pathway to gaining housing stability and preventing a return to homelessness,
  • Supporting their connectedness to community,
  • Helping rebuild their physical and mental well-being,
  • Fostering skills to ensure they have successful tenancies and can live independently to the best of their ability.

“WoodGreen has been operating in the east end of Toronto for 85 years, and we deeply care about our community,” said Kevin Edmonson, WoodGreen’s Vice President of Community Care, Seniors & Wellness. “We are excited to bring our full range of services and expertise to support the quality of life of the seniors who will call 540 Cedarvale Ave. home.”

WoodGreen staff will be on-site at the building this fall. The anticipated move-in date for the tenants is late fall 2022.

WoodGreen Community Services is one of the largest non-municipal providers of affordable housing in Toronto and provides the opportunity for youth, seniors, newcomers, people with disabilities, and people with a long history of homelessness to thrive in safe, affordable housing. Since 2008, WoodGreen has contributed more than 200 units of new affordable housing to Toronto’s stock.

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 40,000 people each year. WoodGreen offers over 75 programs and services tackling the social determinants that affect the health and well-being of individuals in our community.

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Jen Mayville, Marketing & Communications Manager; jmayville@woodgreen.org; (437) 226-8091 (cell)