Blog Archives: September 2019 | Red Door Family Shelter

Blog Archives: September 2019

Council vote secures future: February 2016

by Kathryn Hill

History was made in February 2016 when Toronto City Council voted to approve the plans for a purpose-built family shelter at 875 Queen St. E. as part the new development by Harhay Developments.

The current family shelter, church and pharmacy building will be replaced with a mixed-use building of condominiums, retail units and the purpose-built family shelter.

Red Door leadership with Mayor Tory and Councillor Fletcher

Campaigners celebrate when council approves financing: May 2015

By Kathryn Hill

Save the Red Door campaigners celebrated in May 2015 when City Council voted to approve the financing for a new purpose-built shelter at 875 Queen St. E. as part of the new development by Harhay Developments.

This means that the Red Door can continue providing family shelter services at the same Leslieville site where we have successfully served the community for over 30 years.

Rows of people wearing red door t-shirts at a council meeting

Developer steps up: March 2015

by Kathryn Hill

Bernnitta Hawkins of the Red Door Family Shelter, Councillor Paula Fletcher and developer Chris Harhay made a very special announcement on March 9th, 2015.

Harhay Developments had purchased the site and all parties had agreed to pursue a way forward so that a permanent home for the family shelter could be part of the new development.

“These services are very important to the community and it’s important that we preserve them in the locations that they are.” Chris Harhay, president of Harhay Developments.

Bernnitta Hawkins, Councillor Fletcher, Chris Harhay seated at press conference

Crucial win at City Hall: June 2014

by Kathryn Hill

On June 11th, 2014, Council was presented with our petition and voted unanimously to approve Councillor Paula Fletcher’s motion to help secure the long-term future of the family shelter.

This gave great hope. Executive Director, Bernnitta Hawkins (retired) said: “It says very clearly that our funder is supporting us, and that’s very important. This gives us a foundation underneath us when we go into negotiations.”

Council chamber with board showing yes votes

50,000 people sign Save the Red Door petition: June 2014

by Kathryn Hill

More than 50,000 people signed the Red Door petition stating that a refuge for homeless families is more important than condos and demanding that Toronto City Councillors do everything they can to Save the Red Door.

Change.org said it was the most successful local petition they had ever seen in Canada. We were delighted with the support and felt confident that it would make a difference.

3 people signing the Save the Red Door petition

Popular City Champion throws his support behind Red Door: April 2014

By Kathryn Hill

Former Toronto Mayor David Crombie, Toronto's beloved 'tiny perfect mayor,' has been a vocal supporter in the fight to keep the family shelter open.

In 2014 he headed a leadership team reaching out to all levels of government for support. He spoke passionately at our community meeting on April 7th, 2014. He became Honorary Chair of our campaign to raise $3M to equip the new family shelter.

David Crombie speaking at podium

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