1635 Dundas Street: Meeting immediate and long-term needs of Durham citizens without a home

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Durham Region welcomed the first occupants to 1635 Dundas Street East shelter on March 20, 2024.

The Region purchased 1635 Dundas as part of the system of supports across the Durham to help address the urgent need for housing and services. This low barrier shelter will help to provide immediate solutions that will help people who need it most.

The building provides 45 shelter beds to help meet our community’s need. It will remain open during the day, allowing people to stay inside and work toward their goals.

Christian Faith Outreach centre (CFOC) is the service provider for the shelter and was selected through a comprehensive Expression of Interest process.

Here are some key details about 1635 Dundas:

  • The shelter will follow established shelter best practices. Wraparound supports at the site will be in place, and the indoor environment allows for a full range of programming.
  • Future phases of 1635 Dundas will be informed by community engagement and the Community Liaison Committee.
  • A full list of Frequently Asked Questions-developed based on feedback from community members-is available on this site.

Check out this virtual tour of 1635 Dundas:



The Region of Durham and Town of Whitby reach agreement for 1635 Dundas Street Project

On November 29, 2023, Durham Region and the Town of Whitby have reached an agreement related to 1635 Dundas Street. This decision will help to ensure collaboration that will allow the project to move forward. The Region purchased 1635 Dundas to help address the urgent need for housing and services. This will become part of the system of services across Durham to support those experiencing or at risk of homelessness. It will help to provide immediate solutions to help individuals and families who need it most.

Read the Council report here and the Full Agreement on the right column of this page.



Community Liaison Committee

The 1635 Dundas Community Liaison Committee (CLC) has officially begun to meet on a monthly basis to share information, identify issues, concerns and mitigation strategies that will assist in a successful integration of this low barrier shelter into the broader community.

Meeting minutes will be posted online after they are approved by the Community Liaison Committee. The meeting minutes for January have been posted to the right hand column under Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes.

If community members would like to connect with the CLC, please email CommunityLC@durham.ca.


Frequently Asked Questions Video Series on 1635 Dundas




Have your say!

The Region held a community engagement session to gather input on 1635 Dundas on August 30 and October 3, 2023. These sessions offered the community an opportunity to share their concerns, inquiries and ideas for the site.

If you were unable to attend the in-person community engagement session, share your questions and comments at any time through this project page, see below.

Subscribe to this page to receive updates.

Below is a recording of the Community Engagement Session held on October 3, 2023:




Visit https://www.durham.ca/SupportiveHousingProjects/ to learn more about this Whitby-based site, along with information on the Beaverton Supportive Housing Project and the Oshawa Micro-Homes Pilot Project.

Durham Region welcomed the first occupants to 1635 Dundas Street East shelter on March 20, 2024.

The Region purchased 1635 Dundas as part of the system of supports across the Durham to help address the urgent need for housing and services. This low barrier shelter will help to provide immediate solutions that will help people who need it most.

The building provides 45 shelter beds to help meet our community’s need. It will remain open during the day, allowing people to stay inside and work toward their goals.

Christian Faith Outreach centre (CFOC) is the service provider for the shelter and was selected through a comprehensive Expression of Interest process.

Here are some key details about 1635 Dundas:

  • The shelter will follow established shelter best practices. Wraparound supports at the site will be in place, and the indoor environment allows for a full range of programming.
  • Future phases of 1635 Dundas will be informed by community engagement and the Community Liaison Committee.
  • A full list of Frequently Asked Questions-developed based on feedback from community members-is available on this site.

Check out this virtual tour of 1635 Dundas:



The Region of Durham and Town of Whitby reach agreement for 1635 Dundas Street Project

On November 29, 2023, Durham Region and the Town of Whitby have reached an agreement related to 1635 Dundas Street. This decision will help to ensure collaboration that will allow the project to move forward. The Region purchased 1635 Dundas to help address the urgent need for housing and services. This will become part of the system of services across Durham to support those experiencing or at risk of homelessness. It will help to provide immediate solutions to help individuals and families who need it most.

Read the Council report here and the Full Agreement on the right column of this page.



Community Liaison Committee

The 1635 Dundas Community Liaison Committee (CLC) has officially begun to meet on a monthly basis to share information, identify issues, concerns and mitigation strategies that will assist in a successful integration of this low barrier shelter into the broader community.

Meeting minutes will be posted online after they are approved by the Community Liaison Committee. The meeting minutes for January have been posted to the right hand column under Community Liaison Committee Meeting Minutes.

If community members would like to connect with the CLC, please email CommunityLC@durham.ca.


Frequently Asked Questions Video Series on 1635 Dundas




Have your say!

The Region held a community engagement session to gather input on 1635 Dundas on August 30 and October 3, 2023. These sessions offered the community an opportunity to share their concerns, inquiries and ideas for the site.

If you were unable to attend the in-person community engagement session, share your questions and comments at any time through this project page, see below.

Subscribe to this page to receive updates.

Below is a recording of the Community Engagement Session held on October 3, 2023:




Visit https://www.durham.ca/SupportiveHousingProjects/ to learn more about this Whitby-based site, along with information on the Beaverton Supportive Housing Project and the Oshawa Micro-Homes Pilot Project.

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