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Step By Step Supportive Housing

The Step By Step Supportive Housing Program provides rent-subsidized accommodation and support to people living with mental health challenges in the Scarborough community. Each tenant occupies his/her our apartment or housing unit.

The Step By Step Program is operated in partnership with the Toronto Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Community Resource Connections of Toronto (CRCT), Scarborough General Hospital and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.

Services Offered

Cota provides support to tenants through individually scheduled visits and coordinated group activities.

Our staff work collaboratively with tenants, their families, the landlord and other clinicians, as appropriate, to assist tenants to:

  •     Develop an individual safety and housing support plan
  •     Maintain their housing stability and a healthy housing environment
  •     Acquire and/or maintain the skills necessary for daily living
  •     Participate in health promotion and community development activities such as tenant meetings, structured educational events and social activities
  •     Resolve situational problems/disputes
  •     Link to other desired community services/supports, as needed
  •     Achieve/maintain optimum health and wellness
  •     Pursue personal recovery.

Services Available To

Men and women living with a serious mental illness who are 16 years of age or older and are homeless, or at significant risk of becoming homeless. All applicants must be referred from a participating partner agency.

Applicants must also have some available means of financial support such as the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) or Ontario Works (OW).


Individual apartment and/or housing units throughout Scarborough.

Make a Referral

Note: Only participating partner agencies can make referrals to the Step By Step program. When appropriate partner agencies can make a referral by contacting Cota’s Client Services at 416-785-9230.

This program is funded by the Central Local Health Integration Network.

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