AIS owns and manages four small apartment buildings in residential communities in the City of Toronto: Riverdale, Beaches, Annex and Downtown Toronto.
Additionally, AIS has secured rental agreements with private landlords in scattered apartment units throughout the City. As the market rent is too steep for tenants on fixed incomes, AIS provides a rent supplement so that tenants can afford to live in private market rental units in the City.
There are 10 apartment units in the AIS building portfolio that are specifically adapted for the safety needs of persons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
Additionally, there are six units designed for persons requiring an accessible apartment units.
In 2013, AIS received generous grants from the City of Toronto and the Toronto Central Local Health Network to install various accessibility features. Features such as automatic door openers, grab bars, non-slip tub surfaces, accessible toilets, visual warning strips on stairs and improved corridor lighting have been installed to improve the safety of each of the AIS tenants.
AIS tenants have enjoyed long-term tenure at our supportive housing buildings. In fact, the average length of stay is 11 years. Eviction prevention strategies have led to AIS being proud that for the past four years there have been no evictions. AIS’ unique model of support services contributes to this tenancy success.