90 Shuter Street, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M5B 2K6
Executive Director: Patricia Mueller
Board Chair: Jeremy Roach

Charitable Reg. #:11896 2182 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 76 cents are available for programs.

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About Homes First:

Founded in 1983, Homes First develops and provides affordable housing for homeless people in Toronto. Taking a housing-first approach, the charity recognizes that the first step for people to break the poverty cycle is to give them a home of their own. Homes First also believes that addiction and mental health can not be effectively treated when a person is living on the streets. The charity estimated that the annual cost of homelessness on the Canadian economy is $7 billion. It also notes that there are approximately 5,000 people in Toronto who are homeless, with nearly 3,200 people on the waitlist for supportive housing.

Homes First currently owns and/or manages 16 buildings in Toronto consisting of approximately 455 units. These buildings provide overnight shelter, transitional housing, shared accommodation and independent living opportunities that facilitate the transition from the street to temporary shelter to permanent accommodation. Homes First provided 382 people with supportive housing and served 276,555 meals in F2017. The charity also provided emergency shelter for a total of 92,185 nights in F2017, 24,240 more than F2016.

Homes First works with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to help move patients out of the hospital and into shared apartments at Homes First. Patients continue to receive mental health support in their new residences. In F2017, 47 former CAMH patients were living at Homes First, 5 more than in F2016.


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Results and Impact

Homes First reports that the cost of one year at CAMH is $250,000. It reports the cost of living at Homes First for one year is $30,000. Therefore, as a result of the 47 former CAMH patients now living at Homes First, the charity was able to save society $10.3m per year. In 2014, The Globe and Mail reported that for every $1 spent towards providing housing and supports for a homeless person with severe mental health issues, it results in $2.17 of savings.

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Charity Intelligence has consolidated the financial statements of Homes First Society and Homes First Foundation in the following financial analysis. The Foundation’s purpose is to support the long-term financial viability and continued housing supply for the Society.

Homes First is a medium-sized charity with donations of $1.6m in F2017, a 29% increase compared to F2016. The charity also received $9.9m in government funding in F2017 and $1.3m in fees for service revenue. Administrative costs are 10% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 14% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.76 goes towards its programs, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Homes First’s interest-bearing mortgages of $9.7m exceed its liquid assets of $4.3m. The charity’s negative funding reserves of $5.4m indicate a need for donations.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Homes First for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 24, 2018 by Derek Houlberg.

This charity report and analysis is generously funded by the E.W. Bickle Foundation to share with other Canadian donors interested in helping youth in Ontario.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.8%10.0%9.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 14.3%15.9%15.5%
Program cost coverage (%) (54.3%)(88.3%)(103.2%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 1,6171,2541,189
Government funding 9,9487,9157,486
Fees for service 1,3131,2801,272
Investment income 111
Other income 10088126
Total revenues 12,98010,53810,074
Program costs 9,8597,6957,332
Administrative costs 1,2721,058928
Fundraising costs 231199184
Cash flow from operations 1,6181,5861,630
Funding reserves (5,354)(6,791)(7,564)

Note: Homes First Society does not report administrative costs separately from program costs on its audited financial statements. Ci therefore used the charity's administrative cost reported on its T3010 CRA filing. Ci did not include amortization of deferred capital contributions, decreasing total revenue and expenses by $185k in F2017, $185k in F2016 and $185k in F2015. Ci did not include allocation to capital reserve funds, decreasing total expenses by $234k in F2017, $251k in F2016 and $363k in F2015. Ci has removed amortization from the Society's program and administrative costs on a pro-rated basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 64

Avg. Compensation: $55,425

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

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