Red Door's Future Secured! | Red Door Family Shelter

Red Door's Future Secured!


Architectural renderings of the proposed rebuild of the Red Door Family Shelter by Harhay Construction.

March 9, 2015

We have wonderful news to share with you!   We have reached an agreement that will secure the future of our shelter at 875 Queen St. E., Toronto.

Last year the Red Door's family shelter site was left without a concrete future after the property was placed into receivership.

I am pleased to announce that Harhay Construction has purchased the property at 875 Queen St. E. and is working with the City of Toronto and the Red Door to incorporate the shelter into its development plans.

You can read about the development in today's Toronto Star article: Red Door Family Shelter to be part of Leslieville condo development

Our new facility will have 20,000 feet of brand new, purpose built shelter space with 94 beds.  The City of Toronto will build and own the shelter space on the property and lease it to the Red Door at a nominal cost ($1/annum).

This is a major victory for us, but it is not over yet. We will need your support for the future of our shelter.
We require $3 million to purchase the equipment, furnishings and materials we need in the new building so that we can continue to meet the needs of the homeless families we support.

You can donate now to our fundraising campaign to help us outfit our new shelter.

Thank you for your support!

Berrnnitta Hawkins
Executive Director  

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March 9, 2015 - We have secured the future of our shelter!

June 11, 2014  - Great News! City Council Votes to Secure Future of Red Door!

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Media Coverage

The Torontoist - March 25, 2015 - Red Door Family Shelter’s New Digs Aim to Correct Old Challenges

Toronto Star - March 9, 2015 - Red Door Family Shelter to be part of Leslieville condo development

Global News - March 9, 2015 - Red Door Family Shelter finds new home as developer chips in

CP24 - March 9, 2015 - Red Door shelter in Leslieville to get new home in deal with developer

CBC News - March 9, 2015 - Red Door Shelter could be part of new Queen Street condo building

Toronto Star - June 11, 2014 - City council wants to save Red Door Shelter

Global News - June 11, 2014 - Red Door Shelter finds support from Toronto City Hall

National Post - June 11, 2014 - Toronto city councillors get along in Rob Ford’s absence, agree to rescue Red Door homeless shelter

Beach Mirror - June 11, 2014 - Toronto council voted unanimously to support Red Door Shelter

Now Magazine - June 11, 2014 - Council votes to save Red Door shelter


The Torontoist - April 9, 2014 - Community Rallies to Save Red Door Shelter

Beach Riverdale Mirror - April 8, 2014 - Efforts increase to save Red Door Family Shelter; former mayor joins cause

CBC Toronto - April 7, 2014 - News Toronto - Late Night (starting @7:20)

CTV Toronto - April 7, 2014 - News at 11:30 (starting @8:23)

Toronto Star - April 7, 2014 - Former Red Door residents praise shelter at emergency meeting

Toronto Star - March 26, 2014 - East end community rallies around Red Door shelter


Beach Riverdale Mirror - March 26, 2014 - Red Door Family Shelter’s Queen Street East site is facing an uncertain future

CTV News - March 25, 2014 - News at 11:30 (starting @5:25)

CityNews Toronto - March 25, 2014 - Red Door Family Shelter fights to stay open

Global News - March 25, 2014 - Legal battle puts family shelter in danger

Toronto Star - March 25, 2014 - Real estate dispute threatens future of Red Door family shelter