A new modular affordable housing project will be coming to north Etobicoke.
The project, which will house 113 people who are at risk for experiencing homelessness, will be built on Toronto Community Housing lands at 75 Tandridge Crescent.
Mayor John Tory joined federal officials to announce the project May 13, in advance of the May 20 Planning and Housing Committee meeting where councillors will deal with it for the first time.
If approved, it will be the fourth modular housing project approved in the city under the federal Rapid Housing Initiative. Because the structures are prefabricated, construction timelines are much shorter.
The previous projects have been approved in Scarborough, East York and Willowdale. This one will be built at the north end of a site currently occupied with a 10-storey apartment building, that also has a surface parking lot, driveway, basketball court and outdoor play area.
The plan would see a five-storey, 113 unit modular rental apartment building, relocating the basketball court and outside play area as a part of the development.
At the event, Tory said the housing will provide all the amenities of home to vulnerable Torontonians who might otherwise be experiencing homelessness.
“Each of the 113 self-contained studio homes will have a kitchen and a bathroom – these are homes for people and they’ll feel that being in their own home with their own key, they can be settled and dignified and comfortable, and be embraced,” he said.
Tory made it clear that there will be more of this rapidly deployed housing in Toronto’s future.
“Hundreds and hundreds of units are coming because of the Rapid Housing Initiative of the government of Canada,” he said. “It helps us move faster than we ever have before. The need has never been greater.”
The federal government is funding the program to the tune of $203 million to build the housing, and the provincial government is kicking in $15.4 million to assist in providing services and support for the residents.
In a city news release, local councillor Michael Ford offered his support for the proposal.
“This proposed supportive housing will provide stable and permanent homes for some of our city’s most vulnerable residents,” said Ford. “Not only will this initiative help get people back on their feet, but it has also proven to be a better investment than other ways of helping those who need it most. Going forward, I will work to ensure this project’s success by working closely with the local community to address any questions, concerns or feedback they may have.”
Original Article: https://www.thestar.com/local-toronto-etobicoke/news/2021/05/13/toronto-mayor-john-tory-announces-modular-supportive-housing-coming-to-etobicoke.html