LOFT Community Services
BLOOM Program Receives Ontario Trillium Foundation Capital Grant
We are pleased to announce that LOFT has been awarded a grant of $42,600 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This grant will be used to renovate five washrooms in the LOFT-owned house that is now the BLOOM Transitional Gender Project, Toronto’s only mental health housing space for trans people.
The BLOOM house is home for five trans individuals who have been homeless or precariously housed and living with mental health issues. Another 10 individuals who have joined the program either have housing through a partner agency, or are receiving support while they wait for housing. These housing partners are among the nearly twenty organizations from across the social services and health care continuum, who have joined together to for the BLOOM Partnership Network, ensuring trans people have safe and open access to a full range of services.
The goal of the program is to offer each individual the support and services they need in order to follow their personal journey of transition and successfully rejoin the community in their authentic gender.
New Seniors Housing Test Project Opens on White Squirrel Way
LOFT is providing specialized supportive housing services for older adults and seniors who need support in moving out of hospital at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). The program is located in twelve housing units in one of CAMH’s new buildings on White Squirrel Way. This test project will assess the effectiveness of our specialized, intensive, one-on-one support model in helping residents to regain their confidence and re-learn life skills. People will live in LOFT’s White Squirrel Way location for three to six months after which they will be ready to move on to live independently with appropriate supports. The first two clients moved in on December 21 and were delighted to celebrate Christmas out of hospital and in a place of their own.
New LOFT Program receives City of Toronto 2017 Pride Award
On December 4, 2017, the City of Toronto Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards were presented at Toronto City Hall. The AEHR Awards recognize people who, or programs that, have made a difference in Toronto by reducing discrimination and barriers to equality.
LOFT was honoured to receive the 2017 Pride Award for LBGTQ and Two-Spirit Issues presented in recognition of the new BLOOM transitional gender program, launched in June of this year.
BLOOM is an innovative and ground-breaking housing program and networking group supporting trans people – statistically one of the most marginalized and oppressed populations.