TORONTO, Oct. 20, 2015 /CNW/ - Solutions to address the chronic housing shortage and aging homeless populations with complex health issues will require innovative financing and partnership solutions. All of this makes the release of Building a Dream: Towards a Sustainable and Evolving Housing Partnership such an important document. It chronicles the development of the Wellesley lands after the closure of the Wellesley Hospital and the amazing and successful partnership between Wellesley Institute, Fife House and WoodGreen Community Services in the development of the Tony Di Pede Residence. At times the project looked doomed to fail, but if it were not for the passion and determination of the leadership of all three institutions the lands would not have been developed. Instead of the Wellesley-Magill Park, the Rekai Centre for Long-Term Care Facility, and the Tony Di Pede Residence, private condominiums would have probably been built.
As the Wellesley Central Residence Inc. looks to the future, it seeks as its mission to play a catalyst role in supporting the formation of partnerships to effectively advocate, develop and support those who are marginally housed. The partnership model of bringing together organizations serving such different communities in the creation of a unique model (seniors and people living with a chronic life-threatening illness) has relevance today. Toronto and Ontario will require leadership, the formation of partnerships not before considered and innovative funding models to meet the affordable housing needs of the future.
Building a Dream: Towards a Sustainable and Evolving Housing Partnership
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 5- 6:30 pm
Tony Di Pede Wellesley Central Residences, 490 Sherbourne St. Toronto ON M4X 1K9
Speakers will include Hon. Glen R. Murray MPP (Toronto Centre) Minister of the Environment and Climate Change; Susan Fitzpatrick, CEO of Toronto Central LHIN; Rick Blickstead, Wellesley Institute CEO (2003 – 2013); Tony Di Pede, Chair, WCRI Board of Directors (2007 – 2012) and Sarah Switzer, the author of the report.
SOURCE Fife House Foundation
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For further information: or to receive an e-copy of the monograph, contact: David Currah, 416-205-9888 ext. 222, [email protected]