B’nai Brith Canada Housing
B’nai Brith Canada’s Affordable Housing Program
As an outgrowth of its ongoing historic commitment to serve the needs of the community, B’nai Brith Canada established an Affordable Housing Program in 1979. Its mission is to provide and maintain affordable, attractive, secure, and welcoming housing to low to moderate income residents. These residents now enjoy a decent home in a friendly community free from discrimination.
In Metropolitan Toronto, the B’nai Brith Canada Family Housing Program has provided and currently operates two senior citizens housing complexes on Bathurst Street, facing Earl Bales Park as well as a third project for seniors and families.
Each of these projects is an independent corporation, with its own Board of Directors, Committees and professional staff. At the same time, each project has access to and is able to benefit from the experience and services of the larger framework and resources of B’nai Brith Canada.
Our Other Buildings
Through a combination of our lodges’ volunteer service program and the resident social committee, various events take place on a regular basis: summer picnics and barbecues, evenings with guest speakers, weekly bingo nights, weekly exercise programs, movie nights, card games, holiday celebrations, and religious services on Shabbat and all holidays.
B’nai B’rith International
B’nai Brith Canada, while corporately distinct, is part of B’nai B’rith International, which is the largest Jewish sponsor of federally subsidized housing for the elderly in the United States. For more than 30 years, in a cooperative partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, B’nai B’rith has made rental apartments available for senior citizens with limited incomes. B’nai B’rith senior housing is open to all qualified individuals as defined by HUD, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap, or national origin.
The B’nai B’rith Senior Housing Network in the United States consists of 37 apartment buildings in 25 communities, encompassing more than 4,000 apartment units and serving more than 6,000 people.
B’nai B’rith has also developed a variety of housing alternatives around the globe. The organization sponsors “parents’ homes” in Australia, New Zealand, and Israel; senior citizens “flatlets” in England; an apartment building and a medical residence in Vancouver, British Columbia; and apartment buildings in Toronto. Although funded through their own national programs and tailored to meet the particular needs of the host country, these programs remain a vital component of the international B’nai B’rith Senior Housing Network.
Local B’nai B’rith volunteers and the senior service staff in the national office plan and complete all B’nai B’rith senior housing projects.
For more information on B’nai B’rith International’s Housing network, please consult their website.