“Over many years,
a sophisticated and well-established human service delivery system has evolved
in Toronto in response to changing social needs. A mix of government, institutional
private sector and community providers deliver these services. However, the
community based sector provides the foundation of this system.”
Source: Toronto Community
and Neighbourhood Services (2004). Cracks
in the Foundation (Community Agency Survey 2003: A Study of
Toronto’s Community-Based Human Service Sector, Final Report), p.
Community agencies provide a variety of services including instruction
in English or French, finding employment, accessing health care and
securing adequate and affordable housing. Although the community-based
sector is key to the delivery of human services, the system is under
stress, primarily due to the reduction and downloading of services by
senior levels of government.
A variety of agencies
provide assistance with housing including access to temporary shelter,
finding permanent accommodation, and helping with tenant rights issues.
These agencies include large multi-serivce organizations such as
COSTI , area specific agencies such as Flemingdon Neighbourhood Services
and ethnic specific organizations such as the Midaynta Association of Somali
Service Agencies. Details concerning these and the other 200 or so
agencies that provide information specifically to immigrants are
available at the 211 Toronto web site.