What Is Reside?
Reside renovates vacant or under-utilized spaces into energy efficient affordable housing through partnerships with social enterprise contractors and local housing providers.
By creating employment opportunities and new units of deeply affordable housing with wraparound supports, Reside provides a tangible, targeted long-term solution to ending homelessness in Canada.
The Reside Process
01. Vacant property
We acquire vacant or under-utilized properties that require renovations in order to create new sustainable, affordable housing for people who are currently homeless or at risk of become homeless. Properties such as abandoned homes, heritage homes and churches or even derelict commercial buildings that could have represented a liability to the community are transformed, through the Reside program, into a community asset.
02. Social contractor
In addition to creating affordable housing, Reside projects provide real world, hands-on experience in the trades for people at risk of experiencing homelessness as they contribute to the renovation of these spaces through the training programs offered by our contracting partners. Our social enterprise contracting partners utilize a combination of training programs, connections to trade unions and employers as well as support resources customized for Reside trainees to ensure the cycle of poverty is truly broken for their participants.
03. Housing provider
We partner with local organizations who are already working on the front lines in their communities with families struggling to avoid homelessness. They know the most vulnerable people in their community by name.
Our housing provider partners help design Reside spaces to best meet the needs of these vulnerable people and then connect the people most in need of housing with the newly created units.
04. Move in
At the end of the process, the people who were homeless or were at risk of homelessness move into their new home!
The local housing providers help the tenants move in and get established in the home.
They also provide ongoing, wraparound supports to the tenants to ensure they not only survive, but thrive.
Completed Reside Homes
Vacant heritage church into home for adults with developmental disabilities
Vacant house into home for racialized youth who were experiencing homelessness
How you can help
What our partners
Sean Gadon, Director of Affordable Housing Office, City of Toronto
The City of Toronto is very pleased to participate in Raising the Roof’s Reside Program… We see the Reside Program as an important initiative in creating new community-based housing solutions for youth in Toronto. We are particularly excited that the Reside Program has the potential to be scaled up to provide housing opportunities for vulnerable youth in towns and cities from coast to coast to coast.
Daniel E, BuildingUp Participant
The project at Cedar Mains has been exciting to look forward to through some difficult times in my personal life… I am so thankful to have the opportunity to not only learn the trades but to make an impact. After meeting the young ladies that are moving into to the home we’re building, I can see the difference this project will make in their lives. It’s much more than just a house.
Janet, client of a Partner Agency
Everyone at the organization, everyone in the building… they just made me feel like they’re proud of me. I had no self esteem, I had no self-confidence, nothing. And they started working on giving it back to me. They say that I’m doing the work, but you have to have a reason to start doing the work – you need that team to be there.
We couldn’t have achieved some important milestones without our amazing funders: Home Depot Foundation and RBC.
Contact us about Reside
To find out more about the Reside program, become a sponsor or participate in a Community Build Day with your team, please contact us.