Riverdale Housing Action Group (RHAG) Corp. was established in 1986 by a diverse group of concerned community individuals. The objectives were to build, acquire, renovate and manage buildings for persons with low to modest incomes; provide tenants with safe, affordable housing and support services; and to work with other organizations with similar objectives.
Currently, RHAG owns and operates nine buildings providing 44 units of housing serving women and their families. RHAG has operating agreements with the Province of Ontario under the Federal-Provincial and Homes Now programs.
Priority for housing has been given to those who are the most vulnerable in our community. Although RHAG provides permanent housing, many of the referrals to RHAG require the level of support services found in second stage housing. RHAG provides support services to tenants and their families under the Supports to Daily Living program.
The founding board of RHAG intended that tenants should be empowered to take an active and real control of their housing. RHAG’s Tenant Involvement Plan has been in effect since 1991, resulting in a board comprised of 40% tenants. Tenant workers provide day-to-day property maintenance; other tenants provide office support and produce the monthly newsletter.
In 1997, Riverdale Housing Animation Program (RHAP) was established as the charitable arm of RHAG, with a registered charity number and the capacity to offer tax receipts for charitable donations.
The support services provided by RHAG have included a children’s programme that provides education and recreational activities for RHAG’s tenants and their children, especially during the March and summer school breaks.
Funding is provided by rental income, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) and the City of Toronto. RHAG also receives financial support from The Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund and CHUM Christmas Wish.
RHAG Application Process
RHAG does not have an open waiting list for the general public. All of our tenants are referred by local women’s shelters. For general information about social housing please contact Housing Connections at (416) 981-6111.
Here are a few more resources for affordable housing within East York/South Riverdale:
Woodgreen’s Housing Help (416) 469-5211
East York Housing Help Centre (416) 698-9306
Neighborhood Link Support Services (Senior’s Housing) (416) 691-7407
Central Intake Number for Shelters (416) 338-4766; 1 (877) 338-3398 (Toll-free in GTA)
Central Family Intake 416-397-5637