Plan to build homes at 1635 Dundas Street East

Plan to build homes at 1635 Dundas Street East

Plans are underway for Phase 2, which includes the construction of homes at 1635 Dundas Street East in Whitby. This will be a safe and inclusive housing facility for homeless individuals and families.

The 45-bed low barrier shelter with wraparound supports opened in the building in late March of this year as part of the project’s Phase 1 implementation. The shelter has provided a safe and supportive environment for more than 100 individuals. Occupancy has been at or near capacity since opening, according to a statement from the Regional Municipality of Durham.

During the first phase of the collaboration, the community identified, among others, the following areas:

  • Individual housing options;
  • Programming supports ensuring that physical, mental, and addiction health needs are met; and
  • Partnering with service providers to support people’s growth opportunities, including life skills and employment opportunities.

“Phase 2 now focuses on implementing what we heard from community engagement in Phase 1 by creating housing units with health and social supports and services. By building a continuum of housing on site, 1635 Dundas Street East will provide transitional housing for individuals experiencing homelessness, supportive housing for those requiring specialized services, and independent living accommodations,” the statement said.

It said the Community Liaison Committee meets monthly to share information, identify issues and create mitigation strategies to promote successful integration of the shelter and its clients into the broader community. The service provider, Christian Faith Outreach Centre (CFOC), offers a wide range of support and services aimed at helping clients get back on their feet, including:

  • On-site mental health and addiction treatment provided by Lakeridge Health/Pinewood.
  • On-site services for harm reduction, housing and employment assistance are provided by the John Howard Society.
  • Medical support is provided by Durham Community Health Centre (DCHC).
  • Art programming.
  • We grow food gardening project.

The first step of Phase 2 has begun with the online survey, which is available on Your Durham until September 27.

For more information about 1635 Dundas Street East or for project updates, please visit Your Durham.