Affordable Housing Project for People with Diverse Needs
What is the Lou Fruitman Reena Residence?
The Lou Fruitman Reena Residence is a new housing project under development in Thornhill, modelled on the success of the Reena Community Residence.
It will provide housing to over 130 adults and seniors of diverse needs, including those with developmental disabilities, mental health challenges and physical disabilities.
The residence is designed to be an intentional community where tenants who have chosen to live in the building and the agencies supporting them are committed to creating one community of support. While elements and units may be led or dedicated to servicing a subset of tenants, all are part of one community. This approach to community is intended to reduce stigma and separation amongst tenants, the staff and volunteers who share in their lives.
The leadership of the Fruitman Family has accelerated the timing of this project, and we held a groundbreaking ceremony in their honour on August 20th to kick off the construction, which started in the Fall of 2019. Occupancy started during the summer of 2021.
How can I apply for this residence?
- Fee-for-Service Program
Starting in February 2020, we offered families the opportunity to submit a preliminary profile letting us know a bit about their loved one’s day-to-day life and their interest in the fee-for-service program at the Lou Fruitman Reena Residence. Due to an overwhelming response, we are no longer accepting further profiles for the fee-for-service program at this time. We are prioritizing families who previously submitted a profile and will begin scheduling conversations with them in early 2021.
Although it is no longer possible to submit a profile directly, you may complete the form below, and we will let you know if and when a fee-for-service opportunity becomes available in the future.
2. Partner Agency Programs
Reena is collaborating with community agencies, creating unique programs for the Lou Fruitman Reena Residence which will offer services to the individuals they support and to other tenants as needed. Collectively, the partner agency and Reena are developing an integrated application process for this residence. We will provide an update when more information is available.