Please Save the Red Door Shelter for Homeless Families: Now Being Bid on by Condo Developers

This video presents “Behind the Red Door.”

  • For 30 years the Red Door has been providing emergency housing and support services to women escaping domestic violence, and to refugees/families experiencing a housing crisis in the Greater Toronto Area.

The Red Door Family Shelter is located at 875 Queen St. W. in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • It is a 106-bed shelter.
  • It’s one of just two family shelters in Toronto.
  • The Red Door is specifically designed to help families, many of whom are mothers and children escaping domestic violence.
    • Since 1982, the Red Door Family Shelter has provided hope and help for thousands of homeless families that have come through our red door.
      • In the early 80’s there was only one other shelter operating in Toronto.
    • Responding to the growing need for shelter space for homeless families, the Red Door was opened in the basement of the Woodgreen United Church by a group of volunteers.
    •  We have now grown to be one of the largest family shelters in the city, providing shelter and support to over 500 families every year.
    • Many people can find themselves in desperate need.
      • These include women who are fleeing violence at home, families who are evicted, refugees, or young mothers who may have nowhere to go.

Red Door Family Shelter has been put into receivership and is now being bid on by condo developers, leaving the Red Door Family Shelter without a concrete future.

Please sign the petition and tell Toronto City Council that a refuge for homeless families is more important than another condo development.

Already, several City Councillors are speaking out in support and investigating legal tools to help save the shelter. We’re not opposed to development on the site, we just need to ensure that it includes a permanent home for The Red Door. I know if tens of thousands of people sign the petition we can get the support we need from City Council and convince prospective developers that the public will not back down in this fight.”

Steve Simpson, The Red Door Family Shelter

Please click here to find out about the different ways to help save the Red Door Shelter.


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