Fontbonne Place is an apartment building located at 791 Queen Street East in the South Riverdale neighbourhood of Toronto. Two floors of one-bedroom apartments provide affordable rent-geared-to-income housing, designed to respond to the housing needs of single women between 40 and 60 years of age.
Residents must be capable of living independently and able to assume total responsibility for activities of daily living, such as self-care, mobility, communication, cooking, housekeeping, and shopping. Fontbonne Place does not provide on site support for the physical and mental health needs of women residents. Prospective residents must be able to provide these things on their own or arrange for the services of community agencies. Fontbonne Place is a multicultural environment where residenendeavour to live cooperatively, make a positive social contribution and to build community with other residents.
The residents here have a heart, it’s like an extended family… you couldn’t have a more supportive circle of people around you when you are in trouble or suffering. — a resident
The Apartment Units
There are 18 one-bedroom unfurnished apartments, with some modified units available. The apartment units include: full kitchen with stove and refrigerator, telephone and cable outlets and a large storage area within the apartment. Available on site are laundry facilities and a lobby with a secure entrance and apartment intercoms.
It's not just about having a roof over our heads; it's about belonging. — a resident
- Many community programs are available at Mustard Seed, located on the ground floor.
- The building also houses a dental clinic run by the Toronto Board of Public Health.
- Easy access to public transit (Queen Street East at Boulton Avenue).
- Close to Jimmie Simpson Park and recreation centre and Ralph Thornton Centre
- Many independent food retailers, and restaurants are within walking distance.
- South Riverdale Community Health Centre
A Fontbonne Place Story
Fontbonne Place provides me with stability, community and family. — Heather, a resident
Fontbonne is much more than a place to live for Heather—it’s a chance as well to give back and ‘pay it forward.’ Heather initially joined the knitting program at Mustard Seed—another Fontbonne ministry—and enjoyed the interaction and people so much she volunteered to teach knitting to people of all backgrounds and skill levels. When Heather found out about Fontbonne Place she applied, and was eventually accepted as one of the 18 residents.
Heather does experience depression, but living at Fontbonne Place helps her to manage the situation in an environment she describes as ‘exciting.’ Heather’s volunteer work at Mustard Seed, combined with her interactions within the Fontbonne Place community “helps motivate me to set goals and find purpose. I am accepted and I can come quite simply, as I am.”
Enhancements to Fontbonne Place last fiscal year included upgrades to the public washrooms to ensure accessibility; and a new garden shed to foster the love of gardening among resident and community gardeners.
Toronto ON M4H 1M2
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416-467-2640 (Fax 416-429-6414)
9:00am to 4:00pm
How Fontbonne Place Came to Be
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto owned a building on Queen Street that became vacant (from the 1970s to 1998 it was St. Michael’s Broadview Clinic). Recognizing the lack affordable housing in Toronto, the Sisters were asked at a town hall meeting what they wished the space to be used for, and "affordable housing!" was their clear response. Two storeys were added to the existing main floor space and basement, and in November 2002 Fontbonne Place opened its doors as part of Fontbonne Ministries’ commitment to nurture community with the groups most in need. You can learn more about the founding of Fontbonne Place.
Fontbonne Ministries offers diverse programs that are welcoming and inclusive. The charity was founded in 2000 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, a community of women who, through their compassionate presence, respond to various needs. Fontbonne Ministries continues, with the Sisters, their mission of reflecting the love of God and neighbour.