Ontario government allocates $5.2 million to convert building for women with chronic mental health challenges

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

The Ontario government says it has allocated more than $5.2 million in Toronto to help fund 35 new apartments for Margaret’s Housing and Community Support Services.

The funds will support women with chronic mental health challenges by giving them access to their own living space, life skills coaching, and other community services and resources.

Four semi-detached homes will be converted into an apartment building on Winchester Street. The new building will feature 31 bachelor units and four one-bedroom units. Seven of the units will be wheelchair accessible. The building will also feature a large kitchen and dining room where tenants can take cooking classes or eat together.

“In transferring these four rooming houses from Toronto Community Housing to Margaret’s Housing and Community Support Services we are helping to end the cycle of chronic homelessness for 35 women who will be able to call these new self-contained apartments home,” Toronto deputy mayor Ana Bailão said in a statement.

The new apartment building is expected to open next year.

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