Shelters & Housing
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Become a Resident

The shelter at 973 Lansdowne Avenue has 68 beds for men. The Shelter at 850 Bloor Street West has 30 beds for men, including 6 fully accessible spots. The shelters are open every day of the year for residents from 4:30pm to 8:00am on weekdays, and 24 hours on weekends. If you would like to become a resident at either CONC shelter, please call 311 or Central Intake 416-338-4766, or Toll free 1-877-338-3398. The Transitional Housing Program at 973 Lansdowne has 20 self-contained bachelor units for men. Transitional Housing residents come through CONC shelters and must be following a case plan to be considered for the program.


CONC shelter and housing programs engage volunteers in helping to prepare and serve meals, facilitating programming, coordinating donations and more.

Volunteers are:

  • Community Members
  • Professionals donating time in their field
  • High school students
  • Newcomers
  • Shelter/Housing Residents

Thank you for your interest!

Student Placements

CONC shelter and housing programs welcome students from many of Toronto’s top academic institutions each year to learn from and share expertise with our program participants and staff teams. Students are studying in fields such as:

  • Social Work
  • Community Work
  • Nursing

In-Kind Wishlist

  • Backpacks
  • Boots
  • New underwear and socks
  • Winter and autumn jackets
  • Hats, scarves, mittens, gloves
  • Towels
  • Pillowcases
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Razors
  • Soap
  • Shoes and boots, including steel-toed work boots
  • Starter kits for residents who are moving out into more permanent housing: kitchen utensils, towels, bed linen, pots, etc.

CONC gave me a sense of community and support to achieve my education goals. The staffs were are always more than happy to assist me with my homework as English is not my first language and provided bus tokens for me to go school. With their support I graduated from college in August 2015 with a diploma in Project Administration and will now be pursuing a higher education at the University of Toronto.

Transitional Housing

When I first came to CONC I was at my lowest, I had lost everything and had no hope. Working with the Housing Team has been the best thing for me, they helped me to find housing and then I was able to find a job. I am very happy to have met the workers at CONC as they have helped me rebuild my life again.

Transitional Housing

During the most difficult times of my life I was welcomed at CONC. I was provided with food and a safe environment as I look for housing and work. An appointment was scheduled to meet with staff from various programs to help access and determine my needs so that I can begin to get my life back together. Without their support this journey would have been much more difficult on my own.

Transitional Housing

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