The properties at 502 – 508 Parliament Street were previously owned by the Toronto Community Housing Corporation and were vacant due to the need for substantial repairs. As part of the City's Tenants First Project, these multi-tenant homes are intended to be operated by Dixon Hall in the future, to provide supportive housing opportunities for people experiencing homelessness.
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis which has emphasized the pre-existing need to help people experiencing homelessness access permanent housing with supports, it was critical that the City take action to increase the supply of permanently affordable housing. This includes improving the condition of our existing housing stock to make it safe, secure and suitable for the needs of residents.
In 2020, City council approved Councillor Wong-Tam's motion to transfer $6,000,000 to the Toronto Community Housing Corporation for the renovation and modernization of affordable rental homes at 502-508 Parliament Street, fully funded from Section 37 (Planning Act Reserve Fund) community benefits from various developments within Ward 13.
The repair and modernization of the 502 – 508 Parliament Street properties will provide good quality homes for 44 residents who are presently living outside or in our shelter system. Repairing and modernizing these underutilized properties will also help some of our most vulnerable and marginalized residents live in dignified housing with appropriate supports.