New Emergency and Transitional Housing
Supporting people at risk of or experiencing and at risk of homelessness to find and keep housing
Right place, right time, right action
Across York Region, there is an urgent need to increase emergency and transitional housing capacity to meet the demand for services. Helping residents find and keep housing is a priority and aligns with our vision to create strong, caring and safe communities.
The proposed emergency and transitional housing at 14452 Yonge Street in the Town of Aurora is a step in the right direction. This new building will be centrally located in York Region, on a Regional transit corridor allowing people to travel between places of employment, and access social and medical services. The proposed building will provide a range of supports to help people who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness develop important life skills, gain employment and work towards moving into permanent housing.
More than just a place to stay
The proposed building would be owned and maintained by Housing York Inc., and operated and staffed 24/7 by a community-based service provider. Services include:
- Emergency and transitional housing
- Supportive counselling, life-skills training and wellness resources
- Support to develop financial literacy skills, education, training and job search
- Referrals to community supports and resources
- Help to find and keep permanent housing
The people this housing will support are not strangers. These are our neighbours and friends and members of our community who need and deserve our caring support.
Sharing What We’ve Heard and Answering Community Questions
The What We’ve Heard So Far summary captures community comments and concerns raised during meetings and discussions surrounding the proposed emergency and transitional housing building at 14452 Yonge Street in the Town of Aurora.
Answers to frequently asked questions from the community related to these comments and concerns.
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Status of Project
2018 Project Launch
- Replacement of Porter Place identified
- Capital funding approved (Regional Council)
2019-2024 Concept Development and Planning Approvals
- Search for preferred site
- Feasibility and due diligence
- Retain comprehensive architectural team
- Develop concept plan
- Community engagement
- Submit planning application (Official Plan and Zoning By-Law, followed by Site Plan)
- Statutory Public Meeting(s)
2024 Building Permit (TBC)
- Detailed Design
- Obtain building permit
- Retain builder
2024-2026 Construction (TBC)
- Regular updates to community
- Social Services to retain a community-based service provider to operate the program at the building
York Region began the planning process for new emergency and transitional housing in 2021. Regional planners carefully considered many factors before choosing 14452 Yonge Street as a preferred location in 2021 with community feedback incorporated. Extensive consultations and formal meetings with municipalities throughout Ontario were undertaken to help develop the building’s form, features and inform the service delivery model.
A Zoning Bylaw Amendment and Site Plan Application require approval from Town of Aurora Council for construction to begin. Here are some of the actions taken in the planning process:
- In June 2022, the Region submitted its first Zoning Bylaw Amendment application to the Town of Aurora.
- The first public planning meeting took place on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. At this meeting, the Town of Aurora requested a second planning meeting be held to discuss the application further.
- During the spring of 2023, York Regional Council received an update on the proposed development at 14452 Yonge Street to ensure alignment with Regional priorities.
- In May 2023, the Region submitted a second Zoning Bylaw Amendment application responding to comments provided by the Town of Aurora, community members and other related planning authorities
- The Region submitted a Site Plan Application to the Town of Aurora in June 2023.
- The second public planning meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 13, 2024.
Project updates will be posted on this webpage as they become available.
The proposed location: 14452 Yonge Street, Aurora
The proposed site for this building is at 14452 Yonge Street, just south of Industrial Parkway South, in the Town of Aurora. The site is located centrally in York Region on a main transit corridor with access to places of employment as well as social and health services.
The property is already owned by York Region and the site will be co-located with the new Henderson Sewage Pumping Station, making it a fiscally responsible option for taxpayers. The proposed emergency and transitional housing will be located 34 metres from the Henderson Sewage Pumping Station. This distance is well within the standard practice across York Region and complies with the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks’s Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) requirements. Learn more by reviewing the Henderson Sewage Pumping Station fact sheet.
The emergency and traditional housing will be planned and constructed by York Region, owned by Housing York Inc. (HYI) and operated by a community-based service provider. HYI’s model focuses on supporting healthy communities through functional design, appropriate scale, proactive management and community support.
Past Public Consultations
Thank you to everyone who attended a previous Public Information Centre (PIC). Recordings of the presentations from the PICs and Community Open House are below.
The feedback received during each public consultation helps to inform planning and community outreach as the project progresses.
Presentations and Resources
- What We’ve Heard So Far summary - February 2024
- Community Open House Presentation - January 29, 2024
- Common Questions We’ve Heard from the Community - January 29, 2024
- Overview of Proposed Development at 14452 Yonge Street - January 29, 2024
- Community letter to nearby residents of 14452 Yonge Street - January 17, 2024
- York Region Community Open House Communications Toolkit - January 17, 2024
- Town of Aurora Council Public Planning Meeting #1 Presentation and Video - January 24, 2023
- Holiday Greetings and 2022 Year in Review - December 20, 2022
- Public Information Centre #3 - March 21, 2022
- Public Information Centre #2 - December 2, 2021
- Public Information Centre #1 - June 24, 2021
- Town of Aurora General Committee Meeting Presentation and Video - May 4, 2021
Community Liaison Committee Presentations
- Community Liaison Committee Meeting #5 Presentation - January 18, 2024
- Community Liaison Committee Meeting #4 Presentation - October 11, 2023
- Community Liaison Committee Meeting #3 Presentation - December 14, 2022
- Community Liaison Committee Meeting #2 Presentation - May 11, 2022
- Community Liaison Committee Meeting #1 Presentation - February 17, 2022
Homelessness in York Region
York Region is developing the Homelessness Service System Plan to respond to the immediate and long-term needs of residents experiencing or at-risk of homelessness, including exploring the creation of more emergency, transitional and longer-term housing options. Emphasis will be placed on priority areas including homelessness prevention, early intervention, housing stability, and designing a coordinated system response needed to address the issue holistically.
The Homelessness Service System Plan is a key component of the Region’s next 10-year Housing and Homelessness Plan.
For more information, visit york.ca/PlanforHomelessness
Join our Community Liaison Committee (CLC)
We are looking for York Region residents, businesses and community partners to join our Community Liaison Committee (CLC). The CLC will address issues throughout the planning and construction period and act as community advocates.
If you would like more information about this housing development, future engagement opportunities, or the work of the Community Liaison Committee, please contact the project Community Liaison:
For general inquiries, please contact Access York:
If you or someone you know is at risk of or experiencing homelessness and seeking shelter, please contact York Region's Emergency Housing Central Intake Line at 1-877-464-9675 ext. 76140. This phone line is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Phone: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 76140
TTY: 1-866-512-6228 (for the deaf or hard of hearing)