Savards Women's Shelter - Life Skills Program

Type of Service

Support Within Housing - Mental Health

Program Description

The Life Skills Program operates within Savards Women's Shelter (a project of Homes First Society). It assists women staying at the shelter, most of whom have long-term street involvement and mental health or addiction issues, to stabilize and begin to prepare for living independently in appropriate housing. This program is designed to allow homeless women who have not been successful, because of extreme behaviours, in the general hostel system to stay in the shelter long enough to stabilize. Most of these women when they arrive are not medication compliant, but do not usually present enough of a risk to themselves or others to be hospitalized. This program is low demand, high support, and is intended to create an environment where women can stay.

Organization's Current Reported COVID-19 Response

At all of its shelters Homes First is implementing a screening tool that the City of Toronto developed in conjunction with Toronto Public Health for persons that may be exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. The City is opening a new program that will allow those being tested or told to self-isolate to stay out of the shelter system. Transportation can be arranged to nearby testing centres as well. At Homes First, the health and safety of our clients, residents and staff are paramount. As information about the Coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, continues to evolve, we are in regular contact with Toronto Public Health and are following their protocols along with those of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, and the Government of Canada.

Program Restricted To

Homeless Clients

Access Information

The program is available to women staying at Savards Women's Shelter. Entry into the shelter and the program is first come, first served. No waiting list is kept. The only criteria is that the individuals need our service (i.e., their mental health issue is causing a barrier to success in housing and the general women's shelter system).

User Costs

Program Cost No
Additional Cost No

Referral Contact Information

Phone 416-395-0932

Clients Served

Gender Female
Age 18 and up
Catchment Ontario
Wheelchair Access No


Policy Allowed
Note Smoking is permitted in the back yard and patio area.




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