Our History

In 1953, our history started when a small group of Anglicans merged two youth programs to create Anglican Houses, an independent registered charity able to grow and respond to emerging needs of the day. Over the next three decades, Anglican Houses began offering more housing-based projects to serve adults, seniors and at-risk youth.

The organization has continued to evolve, responding to major social changes and reaching out to people who often fall through the cracks. Throughout our history, we have often been the first — and sometimes the only — group to answer the needs of some of our community’s most under-served and at-risk members. 

Our programs now include a wide range of services for youths, adults and seniors facing mental health and physical challenges, substance use and homelessness, among other issues. In short, we serve almost everyone and judge no one.

Today, we are one of the largest community service providers in Ontario, specializing in complex combinations of mental health and addiction, poverty and supportive housing. We offer specialized programs reaching thousands of at-risk and marginalized youth, adults and seniors. Learn more about our impact.

Tomorrow and into the future, LOFT will continue to grow and change in response to our community’s most urgent needs, developing programs and services to carry our values and leap of faith philosophy forward.

Timeline of Events

1950s

In July 1953, we were incorporated as The Anglican Houses Association (AHA) through the Anglican Diocese of Toronto. Our first programs were Ingles House and Beverley Lodge.

1960s

John Gibson House

1970s

We became Anglican Houses

1980s

Wilkinson Housing and Support Services
Crosslinks Housing and Support Services
St. George House

1990s

McEwan Housing and Support Services
J.W. Green Apartments
Simon Apartments
College View Apartments

We became LOFT Community Services, which stands for” Leap of Faith Together”.

2000s

Dunn Avenue Apartments
St. Anne’s Place
Mental Health & Justice Initiative
Crosslinks Seniors Housing & Support Services
Homeless Outreach Network

2010s

Bradford House
Behavioral Supports Services
Mount Dennis Supported Housing
Pelham Park Gardens Hub
Crisis Outreach Service for Seniors
Behavioral Supports Transitional Program
The 416 Community Services For Women
Layered Supports program
Pine Villa
White Squirrel Way
Simcoe Terrace
Tudhope Manor
Integrated Psychogeriatric Outreach Program

2020s

Tabitha House
The Path Home
Amalgamation with Toronto North Support Services (TNSS)
The Journey Home