Housing & Homelessness Services
Using the site of the existing Seaton House shelter for men, George Street Revitalization will mean the creation of a dynamic mix of housing and programs for homeless and vulnerable seniors alongside the delivery of services to meet the needs of a vibrant and mixed downtown neighbourhood. This is city-building to make a more welcoming and safe street--all in the context of the broader Downtown East Revitalization.
Update: A staff report was adopted with amendments by City Council on November 3, the result of two years of due diligence and stakeholder and community engagement. The report outlines the project scope and a number of recommendations that, taken together, will allow the project to proceed. More reports to Council would be part of the process. Here is a helpful backgrounder.
City Council unanimously approved George Street Revitalization in principle in summer 2013. Program plans are being developed with the input of many stakeholders. To date, these plans include five areas:
- a long-term care home with 378 beds
- a 100-bed emergency shelter for men
- an innovative 130-bed "transitional living" service for men and women who need more care than traditional supportive housing can provide, but less than what a long-term care home involves
- a service hub for program clients as well as members of the surrounding community
- affordable housing with supports,
Communicate and consult
The driving principles behind George Street Revitalization include preserving and building partnerships and community linkages. Staff from several City divisions are proceeding in collaboration with existing Seaton House clients and long-term care residents, and other stakeholders, such as local community and health care agencies and local neighbours to develop a project everyone is proud to support.
GSR: in the spirit of system transformation
With its client-driven programming, design, and service model, GSR Revitalization embodies the principles and themes embedded in the City's planning framework for housing and homelessness services. The Housing Stability Service Planning Framework was unanimously passed by City Council December 2013. It is shaping the transformation of the housing and homelessness services into an integrated service system working to a common goal of housing stability for all residents.
- Project vision and mission
- Stakeholder Advisory Group meetings were held with public postings of all documents
- Project management consultants are onboard
- Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc. chosen as the architect for stage one of the GSR project
- Council approval of the Downtown East Revitalization Action Plan and Planning Study OPA Status Report
June 16, 2015, Community Open House held at Salvation Army Harbour Light Centre, 160 Jarvis Street
- November 3, 2015, City Council adopted a staff report with amendments to allow the project to proceed
Please send any questions or comments about George Street Revitalization to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is still much planning and consultation to be done before shovels hit the ground, but City Council has unanimously approved in principle a proposal to demolish the existing George Street building and replace it with a smaller emergency shelter, a long-term care home. Plans include affordable housing, assisted living, and a service hub.