Quick facts

Service type: Housing & Homelessness, Health & Wellness
Eligibility: Men 55+ who have experienced mental health or substance use issues, street involvement, homelessness or unstable housing
Delivery: In person, virtual and by phone
Fee: Tenants pay monthly rent for accommodation
Program dates: Year-round

Program description

First Step to Home is a four-year transitional housing program for men 55+ who have experienced mental health or substance use issues, street involvement, unstable housing and homelessness. In addition to safe and affordable housing, participants have access to on-site health services and wrap-around supports, including case management, counselling, harm reduction and addiction supports, life skills training and volunteer opportunities. First Step to Home supports clients to discover new strengths, recreate a sense of community and ultimately obtain affordable and sustainable housing.


In this video, a First Step to Home participant shares their experience with the program.



650 Queen St. E.

Toronto, ON

M4M 1G5

How you can help

Donations are graciously accepted through the WoodGreen Foundation. Corporate volunteer inquiries can also be directed to the WoodGreen Foundation. For student placement and individual volunteer opportunities, please contact Jessica Ostrom at jostrom@woodgreen.org.

Ready to participate?



First Step to Home is not a dropin program. It is a transitional housing program with an application process. Please download the application form here.


To learn more, please contact:

Contact information

Jess Whelan

Manager, Supportive Housing Programs (First Step to Home)



24/7 staffing model with a combination of community support workers, social workers and security


Referring parties for applicants: Streets to Homes, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Across Boundaries, Christie Ossington, Alternatives, Fred Victor


Service providers: St. Michael’s Hospital, Bridgepoint Hospital, VHA Home HealthCare, Spectrum, St. Elizabeth Hospital, South Riverdale Community Health Centre, WoodGreen Housing

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