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The Neighbourhood Group to operate Phase 1 of city-built modular supportive housing

Sep 14, 2020

Together with COTA Health, The Neighbourhood Group will operate and provide support services at both the 11 Macey Avenue and 321 Dovercourt Road modular supportive housing developments for people experiencing homelessness. 

artist renderings of the Macey and Dovercourt modular supportive housing developments

artist renderings of the Macey and Dovercourt modular supportive housing developments

Our combined experience and expertise helping vulnerable people in the city ensures the 100 people moving into the modular housing this fall will have the support they need to successfully transition from homelessness to their new homes.

We will provide 24-hour support at both sites, including:

  • Housing stability and eviction prevention
  • Personal recovery relating to mental health and substance use challenges
  • Establishing Personal Crisis Response Plans with each tenant and the offering of situational crisis supports
  • Assistance with medication reminder and safe storage
  • Harm reduction and relapse prevention counselling and supports
  • Support with daily living activities
  • Rent collection and arrears payment plans
  • Connections with community supports and other services such as:
    • Primary care healthcare
    • Volunteer and employment opportunities
    • Income assistance programs including Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program, Public Guardian and Trustee as well as banking services

Development of the modular housing sites is part of Toronto's HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan - to increase supply of affordable housing across the city. The 100 units in the Macey and Dovercourt developments are part of the goal to build 1000 units of supportive modular housing across the city. This initiative is an innovative and cost-effective way to build small-scale housing while providing a rapid, dignified response to connect people experiencing homelessness with homes and appropriate supports to help them achieve housing stability.

You can read more about the project and read the City's press release.

“We can make significant progress in reducing homelessness through a greater focus on prevention and diversion from homelessness, an increase in supportive and affordable rental housing, and developing coordinated, accessible, and client-focused services to meet the unique needs of people experiencing homelessness. We are so very pleased to be working with the City of Toronto and COTA Health to help deliver these critical services and affordable housing.”
– Bill Sinclair, CEO, The Neighbourhood Group

“Cota will provide a range of support service to tenants. Our supportive housing staff work collaboratively with tenants, their families, landlords and other service providers, as appropriate, to assist tenants to develop housing support plans and help them to achieve and maintain optimum health, wellness and housing stability.”
– Paul Bruce, Chief Executive Officer, Cota

“Supportive housing combines affordable housing with coordinated services, and can truly make a difference in peoples’ lives. The pandemic has further highlighted the need for supportive housing, and I am very pleased to be working with The Neighbourhood Group and COTA Health to provide this as part of our modular housing initiative. Leveraging the experience of these two organizations will be critical to creating positive housing outcomes for our residents.”
– Mayor John Tory

“Often people experiencing chronic homelessness have more complex challenges and require supports to find and maintain permanent housing. Our goal is to create affordable housing that works for the people who need it most and we know that providing support is part of the equation for many. That is why our HousingTO 2020-203 Action Plan calls for providing support services to 18,000 individuals and families through supportive housing.
– Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão, (Ward 9 Davenport), Planning and Housing Committee Chair

“I am pleased to welcome TNG and COTA to operate the modular housing sites. I am confident that they are committed to ensuring the success of both our new neighbours and the communities as a whole. The modular housing initiative is an excellent example of how we are activating resources efficiently and investing in key supports that will bring comprehensive solutions to reduce homelessness close to home and across the city."
– Councillor Gary Crawford (Ward 20 Scarborough-Southwest), Budget Committee Chair

For more information, please contact: Kegan Harris, Director, Housing Development at

To help people successfully transition from homelessness to their new modular homes, please donate.

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