Supporting our Community
Dixon Hall’s Housing Services department has been providing shelter services for the homeless and precariously housed individuals and communities in the city of Toronto for more than two decades.
The Housing Services Department works from a framework determined by and focussed on building responses to homelessness that assure homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring.
Each of the programs in the Housing Services Department have grown to meet the pressing needs laid bare by the pandemic. Our Food Programs are no different and have consequently grown dramatically to meet the persistent needs around food access and food security, particularly salient in Toronto’s downtown East. Beyond the Tuesday night dinner and Friday morning breakfast programs offered at 58 Sumach Street, we now serve meals and provide food hampers 5 days a week, in an effort to keep up to the growing needs of the communities located in Toronto’s Downtown East. We remain vigilant in our efforts to meet the food security needs of the communities in our direct neighbourhoods of service. Through ongoing innovation and foresight, these programs will continue to grow and shift to meet the needs of the communities we serve. Food Services programming demonstrates how income disparity and access to the social determinants of health is falling short of meeting the needs of far too many in our city. Moving forward, strategic lobbying and real time data will help us reinforce the needs of these communities, and help us focus our efforts at building coalitions to collaboratively tackle the income disparities that lead to the gaps in access to the simple and critical pleasures and necessities of food. Volunteers and peers help prepare and serve food to participants. Visit our Volunteer Department page to learn about volunteer opportunities.
Dixon Hall 24hr Respite Center
351 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto, ON M5A 1C1
354 George Street
354 George Street, Toronto, ON M5A 2N3
60 York Street, Toronto, ON M5J 1S8
56 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1G5
Emergency and housing support is provided to the community members who are homeless or formerly homeless through assistance in, finding adequate housing and receiving necessary supports once housed to remain housed.
Vital partnerships with housing providers and support agencies across the City help ensure that the people we serve find appropriate housing while receiving support with budgeting, health promotion, income stabilization, conflict resolution, eviction prevention and community supports.
Harm Reduction is a central tenet and principle that guides all the work we doing creating more opportunities for stable and safe housing opportunities.
Our Harm Reduction Workers and peers support individuals in our shelters and housing programs by providing training, workshops, referrals and contemporary knowledge imparted in a compassionate and supportive manner.
Visit www.canadianharmreduction.com to learn more about Harm Reduction.
Building on the successes of The Rooming House Project, in partnership with the City of Toronto and Toronto Community Housing, Dixon Hall is in the process of renovating and revitalizing several Cabbagetown rooming houses to provide affordable and supportive housing options for more vulnerable members of our community.
This initiative will restore and enhance multiple heritage units in the Cabbagetown neighbourhood. Construction is underway.
Dixon Hall hosted an open information session on October 14th, 2020, to discuss the revitalization plans for several Cabbagetown Rooming Houses.
To view the recorded session, click the links below: