WoodGreen is pleased to be the new operator of 540 Cedarvale Ave. affordable housing facility.

 

WoodGreen is a seniors care specialist with more than 55 years of experience in affordable housing and creating successful tenancies. One thing that sets us apart is our wide range of connected services for seniors such as housing, community health services such as Meals on Wheels, social programs, and more. Our staff look forward to welcoming tenants in the coming weeks and months and building a strong community.

 

WoodGreen is one of the most experienced supportive housing providers in Toronto with deep ties to the East End. We care about this community. We own or operate 20 housing facilities in Toronto. We know the importance of connecting with our neighbours wherever we go. We are excited to bring our full range of services, expertise, and the benefit of our close partnerships and deep connections across East Toronto, to support the health, housing stability and inclusion of the seniors who will call 540 Cedarvale Ave. home.

 

For additional information, please read the Frequently Asked Questions. You can also use the dedicated email address to send any queries: community@woodgreen.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How was WoodGreen selected?

    The modular housing was built by the City of Toronto with funding through the Rapid Housing Initiative. As building neared completion, the city put out an RFP and WoodGreen applied. We were selected based on our years of experience both in affordable housing and in supporting the needs of senior populations. WoodGreen is well-known particularly in the east side of Toronto and is a well-connected partner in the community.

  • What type of housing is 540 Cedarvale Ave.?

    540 Cedarvale Ave. is a three-storey modular housing building with 59 self-contained studio apartments. Each apartment will have a twin bed, a private eat-in kitchen and bathroom. Common areas include a laundry facility, a kitchen and dining room, program space and administrative offices.

    24/7 supports and staffing will be available to help improve residents’ quality of life, support their daily needs, and help them remain housed permanently.

  • Who will live at 540 Cedarvale Ave.?

    The building is designed to support single seniors (55+) experiencing poverty and homelessness or may be precariously housed. This includes individuals, regardless of gender, experiencing chronic or recurrent homelessness, who need permanent affordable housing and moderate supports to achieve and maintain housing stability.

  • When will people move in?

    The building will be filled gradually with the first tenants expected to arrive by end of 2022. The exact start of the moving in period is dependent on the completion of construction. WoodGreen is committed to keeping the community updated. Send us an email at community@woodgreen.org and we will make sure you receive updates about upcoming events and opportunities to learn more about this project.

  • How will tenants by selected for the building?

    Residents will be identified and referred through the City of Toronto’s Coordinated Access Process, in partnership with WoodGreen. Coordinated Access is a consistent community-wide approach to assessing, prioritizing, and connecting people experiencing homelessness to housing and supports. The city will work with WoodGreen to ensure tenants are connected with supports that best meet their needs to maintain housing stability.

  • Why is this housing needed?

    The City of Toronto is experiencing a housing crisis. Seniors experiencing poverty are vulnerable to homelessness, and can face additional challenges as a result of aging. The supportive housing at 540 Cedarvale Ave. will provide essential and deeply affordable housing to a group of seniors.

    Providing supportive homes is a proven and dignified response to homelessness. Making permanent, affordable rental housing available with built-in support services helps relieve pressure on the shelter system, emergency departments, and long-term care.

  • What supports will be offered to tenants?

    WoodGreen employs a highly trained and qualified team of professionals to support the residents of their housing programs. Because 540 Cedarvale Ave. will specialize in single seniors (55+) exiting homelessness or with insecure housing, tenants will have on-site access to a full-time, professional care team. When someone has a need that is not currently covered by WoodGreen’s existing services, WoodGreen has connections to other agencies (such as medical professionals or mental health specialists).

    Each person is unique, and therefore the supports given to them will vary. We will offer a wide range of supports, including:

    • Daily meals (prepared by the on-site chef and sous-chef)
    • Wellness checks
    • Regular, structured, and supervised recreational activities in the community
    • Unit maintenance and cleanliness (such as hoarding prevention)
    • Setting goals for abstinence or harm reduction
    • Developing and/or leading groups (such as grief, trauma, seeking safety, or restorative justice)
    • Personal Support Worker (PSW) care
    • One-on-one counselling
    • Budgeting and financial goals
    • Education or livelihood opportunities
    • Safety plans
    • Religious or cultural needs
    • Fall prevention
    • Eviction prevention
    • Support with personal paperwork (such as obtaining a health card)
  • What about neighbourhood safety?

    We do not anticipate any increased public safety issues in the neighbourhood as a result of tenancy at this building. We are coordinating with Toronto Police Services 55 Division to make sure we are sharing information regularly, planning together, and responding to any needs or concerns that may arise in the community. WoodGreen is committed to ensuring community concerns are addressed. An open line of communication is critical. Please reach out to community@woodgreen.org if you have any questions or wish to receive information about 540 Cedarvale Ave. in the future. You can also contact 311 for general concerns.

  • How can I be involved?

    There are multiple ways to be involved in this important community project:

    1. Contact WoodGreen at community@woodgreen.org
    2. Attend our community open house event. This will be held before residents start moving in. This is a chance to learn more about supportive housing, modular construction, WoodGreen, and the needs of seniors facing homelessness in Toronto. An exact date is still dependent on the final construction completion schedule. Please contact WoodGreen at community@woodgreen.org for updates.
    3. Volunteer for the WoodGreen Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee. Write to community@woodgreen.org to receive further information.