HOPE Lives where Housing, Support and Community Come Together
In 1953, a small group of Anglicans decided to merge two youth programs put in place a new organization – an independent registered charity – that would be able to grow and respond to emerging needs of the day. Anglican Houses was born, and over the next three decades welcomed more housing-based projects, adding adults and seniors to the scope of its clients.
The organization has continued to open its doors to new programs, but since the 1980s its approach has been proactive, responding to major social changes, identifying unmet needs and developing innovative programs to support each new client group.
Programs now include a wide range of services for those with mental health and addiction challenges, those living on the street, those with HIV disease, programs for homeless seniors, community support services and our list of supportive housing sites continues to grow.
Throughout our history, we have often been the first — and sometimes the only — group to answer the needs of many of the most under-served and vulnerable members of our community.
Today, as LOFT Community Services, we continue to go where the need is, serving people in a non-judgmental way. LOFT is the largest organization of its type in Ontario, and the province’s most diverse supportive housing provider. We offer specialized programs that reach more than 4,000 vulnerable and marginalized youth, adults and seniors with special focus on those with mental and physical health and substance abuse issues. We offer a wide range of mental health and addiction services, over 1,000 supportive housing units at more than 70 sites in Toronto and York Region, community support teams serving more than 1,800 clients and a large street outreach program.
Tomorrow and into the future, LOFT will continue to grow and change in response to the urgent needs of the time, developing programs and services that carry forward our values and our Leap of Faith philosophy.