Red Door Family Shelter finds new home as developer chips in

TORONTO – The Red Door Shelter is getting a modern new home at its same long-time location in the Leslieville area.

The Queen St. E. family shelter has been fighting for survival after the property was placed into receivership.

However, developer Harhay Construction has now reached a deal with Red Door to pay for and build a new 94-bed shelter as part of its condominium project.

The shelter will be located behind the 118-unit seven storey boutique condo unit.

“This is a major victory for us, but it is not over yet. We will need your support for the future of our shelter,” said Red Door Executive Director Berrnnitta Hawkins.

“We require $3 million to outfit the new building so that we can continue to meet the needs of the homeless families we support.”

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Hawkins says a fundraising campaign has been launched to help cover those costs.

READ MORE: Red Door Shelter finds support from Toronto City Hall

A city planning report on the project is expected to be presented to council in April with an estimated construction date beginning in 2016.

Toronto city council last year voted in favour of helping the agency with any business dealings, including staying on site.

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