40 Oaks is an innovative project of the CRC and our largest project to date. It consists of 87 units of affordable, safe housing, and a 5,000 square foot community hub where people can gather, develop, and participate in activities geared to their needs.
Our first tenants moved into the residential portion of building in January 2012, and by March 1, 2012, our programs began operating in the community hub on the first floor.
The community hub inside 40 Oaks is a flexible space featuring the Rogers Family Room, Sprott Foundation Kitchen, RBC Foundation Community Service Area, and Clark Room.
During the day, 40 Oaks hosts a meal program as well a community living room – a place where all members of the community can gather, whether it’s dropping by for a cup of coffee or having an impromptu meeting. 40 Oaks also offers other food-related programming like healthy food and preserving classes and special diet cooking classes. Workshops and meetings take place in our program rooms throughout the day, and a quiet worship space is home to a weekly gathering and for the use of other faith groups.
In addition to the housing help, clothing program, shower & laundry services that we offer at the community hub, other agencies have joined us to expand the overall services at 40 Oaks. These include 416 Community Support for Women, Toronto Native Urban Ministries, and the Regent Park Community Ministry.
In the Spring of 2014, a lush food garden will be located at the western front of the building, creating a place where fresh fruits and vegetables can be grown, harvested and used by individuals and by our community meal program. On the eastern front of the building, a reflective Peace Garden will stand as a reminder of loved ones lost as well as provide a place where we can collectively come to dream of a new and brighter future for our community.
The building is designed to be environmentally friendly, being developed to meet the City’s Green Development Standards. It is also being developed to a level equal to a LEED Silver.