Habayit Shelanu, developed by the Kehilla Residential Program and managed by Greenwin Inc., is a 59-unit housing project conceived to meet the needs of seniors in downtown Toronto. Opened in the spring of 1995, Habayit Shelanu provides a setting for independent living, planned to enable aging in place.
Recognizing that isolation is one of the most challenging aspects of aging, the building has been designed to encourage both formal and informal social interaction. There are floor lounges adjacent to the elevator lobbies, a spacious lobby overlooking the street and front entrance, landscaped roof terraces and a sheltered south facing grade level courtyard. A multipurpose room, arts and crafts room and other program spaces provide opportunities for group and individual programming. All areas of the building are fully accessible and several one-bedroom suites have been designed for independent wheelchair living.
Located on Kendal Avenue at the foot of the Casa Loma hill, the building immediately became part of its community. Tenants have developed intergenerational programs with the children in day-care at George Brown College and students at the college have provided programs for the tenants, including fitness for seniors.
Assisted Living (homemaking, personal care, shopping), security checks, diner’s club, and social work services are available as required by tenants through Circle of Care.
The enthusiasm of the tenants for their new home has set the stage from the day of the first move-in. To each of the tenants, Habayit Shelanu is truly “Our House”.