In 2005, United Way Toronto released a groundbreaking report Poverty by Postal Code, and joined community leaders to tackle the growing concentration of poverty in Toronto’s inner suburban neighbourhoods. The Building Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy (BSNS), launched in 2006, aims to improve conditions within the city’s priority neighbourhoods through targeted efforts, resident engagement and improved access to programs and services.
Community Hubs are one of the principal elements of United Way’s BSNS, and bring essential community supports and vital community spaces to underserved neighbourhoods in Toronto’s inner suburbs. Building Community Hubs ensures increased access to vital social services and mixed-use community space. The Hubs house a range of innovative and client-centered services and supports vital to the well-being of the community. They serve as the foundation for building healthy neighbourhoods.
Each Community Hub provides a different mix of resources that address area-specific needs. The Hubs are:
- Access Point on Danforth Community Hub
- Bathurst-Finch Hub
- Dorset Park Community Hub
- Jane Street Hub
- The Mid-Scarborough Hub
- Rexdale Community Hub
- Victoria Park Community Hub
These important community resources were made possible through collaboration between community residents, community service agencies, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and United Way Toronto. In some cases, additional support was provided by the Ministry of Health, and Local Health Integration Networks.