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.

Testimonial

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

Location

 

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?

Registration

 

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

Jessica Ostrom

Manager, Housing Support Programs

(416) 405-5015
jostrom@woodgreen.org

Hours

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

Partners

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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