This innovative centre was created by the City of Kingston and local agencies in November 2020 to support a growing demand for services for people sleeping rough or who were not being served through local shelters. The ICH emerged as a community response to local encampments and involved HIV AIDS Regional Services and Kingston Community Health Centres playing the lead service roles with the City of Kingston playing the lead role on the approval, build-out and funding of the building. The ICH includes an on-site consumption treatment service.
Public Progress provided communications, community engagement and strategic advisory services for the ICH. Bruce chaired online (Zoom) public meetings.
In April 2020 Toronto City Council approved a plan to create 100 units of modular housing for tenants exiting the City's shelter system. The City's Housing Secretariat, real estate development company (CreateTO) and planning department were tasked with designing, planning and building two local sites -- to be ready for occupancy in Fall 2020, an unprecedented schedule in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic. The first batch of tenants starting moving in before Christmas 2020 and the second site will welcome tenants in January 2021!
Public Progress provided communications, community engagement and strategic advisory services for the two modular sites. Bruce chaired nine online (Webex) public meetings and community liaison meetings.
In 2019 the City of Toronto, Toronto Community Housing and Context Development agreed to redevelop a 1960s-style housing project into a mixed-use housing and commercial development that would provide replacement of 120 rent-geared-to-income (RGI) apartments, 100 new affordable apartments, 183 new market rental units and 363 new condos, plus 16,000 sq ft of retail space.
Public Progress provided communications, community engagement and strategic advisory services for the project, including open houses, campaign materials and web site.