Confirmed victory

Red Door Shelter for Homeless Families Threatened by Condominium Development.

The building that houses our long-term home has been put into receivership and is now being bid on by condo developers, leaving the Red Door Family Shelter without a concrete future.

Please sign our petition to help save the Red Door!

Since 1982, the Red Door Family Shelter has provided hope and help for thousands of homeless families that have come through our red door.  We play an integral role in the community, helping more than 500 families each year to heal and rebuild their lives so they can live safely and independently.

“Our home has been at 875 Queen Street East for 30 years,” said Bernnitta Hawkins, Executive Director, Red Door Family Shelter. “We are an integral part of the South Riverdale community. We do not want to leave, and we certainly do not want to reduce the number of beds we offer homeless families in need. The receiver and developer have not given us any answers and we need them now!”

A permanent solution for our 106-bed shelter must be sought. We want to stay where we are and continue to provide much needed services.


We need to send a message to city council, to the developer and to the receiver to let them know that a refuge for homeless families is more important than condos.   We have done all we can and have not received any concrete solution.  We need your support to make the message heard! Help us reach 1,000 signatures to send a strong message of public support for the Red Door.

Please sign our petition now to help ensure that homeless families still have a refuge at 875 Queen Street East.

For more information about the Red Door and how you get involved in the campaign visit

Letter to
City of Toronto Manager of Shelter/Housing Phillip Abrahams
Schonfeld Inc. Receivers and Trustees Harlan Schonfeld
City of Toronto South District Planning Gregg Lintern
and 1 other
Toronto City Councillor - Ward 8, Chair of Community Development and Recreation Committee Anthony Perruza
Please help us Save the Red Door Familty Shelter!

I just signed a petition to save the Red Door Family Shelter's long term home at 875 Queen Street East from re-development. This building has been put into receivership and is now being bid on by condo developers.

You can ensure that the Red Door's home is not redeveloped for condos, pushing this vital organization on the street. The Red Door must have a home of its own so that it can continue to be a refuge for homeless families.

Please make sure that the Red Door is part of any future plans for 875 Queen Street East!

A refuge for homeless families is more important than condos!

Thank you.

Red Door Family Shelter started this petition with a single signature, and won with 51,135 supporters. Start a petition to change something you care about.