Support for Housing in Downtown Hamilton Overview

Located at 225 East Avenue North, the three-storey building is energy efficient and includes six accessible and barrier-free units. The building also has designated program space and residents will have access to amenities such as a laundry room, a kitchenette in the common space, bike storage, a courtyard, terrace and communal gardens.

“Our government’s housing plan is about creating more homes for the people of Ontario, including supportive housing that is critical to the well-being of both residents and the community,” said Associate Minister Rob Flack. “This investment supports a project that provides housing solutions for some of the most vulnerable residents in Hamilton.”

Residents will be close to public transportation, a hospital, parks, grocery stores and pharmacies.

Today’s announcement is part of the province’s Social Services Relief Fund (SSRF), which has provided over $1.2 billion of support to help municipal service managers and Indigenous program administrators create longer-term housing solutions and help vulnerable people in Ontario, including those who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.

The Ontario government is also investing an additional $202 million each year in homelessness prevention programs — the Homelessness Prevention Program and Indigenous Supportive Housing Program — bringing Ontario’s total yearly investment to close to $700 million. This includes an allocation of $27.9 million through the Homelessness Prevention Program for Hamilton in 2023-24.

Quick Facts

  • Hamilton has been allocated $57.6 million through all phases of the Social Services Relief Fund to deliver critical services such as shelters, food banks and emergency services.
  • Service managers and Indigenous program administrators have the flexibility to allocate provincial funding to programs and services that address and prevent homelessness in their communities, such as rent supplements, homeless shelters, and supportive housing including capital projects.


“This $5 million investment in affordable housing in Hamilton is another example of our government’s continued efforts to ensure that Hamiltonians have the critical supports that they require to grow and to thrive. We are partnering with community organizations like Indwell to identify and respond to where these units are needed the most — in locations with established community networks, services and resources that will empower vulnerable members of our community to work to build a better life and a stronger Hamilton.”

– Neil Lumsden
Member of Provincial Parliament for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek

“Housing is a human right. The creation of affordable housing is a priority — it’s my priority. I am committed to championing an increase in housing options and ensuring every Hamiltonian has access to secure affordable housing. Stable housing is at the heart of a person’s physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. I welcome the province’s investment in this vital project that will play a part in addressing the ongoing housing crisis.”

– Andrea Horwath
Mayor of Hamilton

“We’re so grateful for the partnership of the province that helped to make possible these 43 supportive homes at The Dairy Lofts. Every door we open together is a permanent solution to homelessness.”

– Jeff Neven
CEO, Indwell

“Investments into supportive housing are essential to adequately address the compounding crises of affordable housing and mental health that our neighbours face. Indwell’s The Oaks project demonstrates how to foster belonging and wellbeing while providing quality, climate friendly, affordable housing.”

– Nrinder Nann
Ward 3 City Councillor

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