WHO WE ARE
About CRC at Fred Victor

On January 1, 2020, the voluntary amalgamation of CRC and Fred Victor formally came into effect. Like CRC, Fred Victor is a community-based organization that serves individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness and poverty in Toronto. Our two organizations share a common vision in their commitment to housing, food, skill building and employment and programs and service to support people living with deep need in our community.

Our goal of coming together as one organization is to sustain and grow what both CRC and Fred Victor have been so successful in building.

To learn more about Fred Victor, please visit fredvictor.org

CRC’s Legacy

CRC is an innovative, collaborative, mid-sized, multi-service agency that proudly serves Regent Park, currently in the midst of a 20-year revitalization, and the surrounding neighbourhood also known as the downtown east. For over 50 years, we have worked with low-income community members to help them build capacity to change situations and conditions for the better, both in their own lives and in the wider community.

In 2012, CRC opened a beautiful new building and a new chapter in its history. Our building at 40 Oak Street has a 5,000 square foot community hub of program space where we offer delicious, healthy and dignified Community Meals four days a week, as well as Housing Supports, Drop-in programs and Cultural Celebrations, available free-of-charge to anyone who walks through our doors.

Above the community hub, CRC hosts the only not-for-profit social housing in Regent Park, 40 Oaks, which provides 100 tenants with supported affordable housing and access to wrap-around services.

We are home to the Regent Park Community Food Centre and its suite of high-impact programs that include Food Skills, Gardening, Culinary Skills Training, Peer Advocacy, Regent Park Social Development, and our weekly summer market festival Taste of Regent Park. Some 64% of people who use our services tell us they routinely do not have enough money for food after paying rent and bills each month. CRC is anti-oppressive and inclusive to all.

Regent Park Revitalization:

Regent Park is Canada’s largest and oldest social housing community. Built in 1949 it was home to 2,083 households, with more than 8,300 residents. 90 different languages are spoken in Regent Park representing approximately 100 countries; 73% of adult residents are underemployed; 12% are university educated in Canada and more than 63% have university educations from outside of Canada. 100% however, live in poverty, including more than 5,000 youth and children.

The residents of Regent Park have been advocating for change since the mid 1990’s, recognizing the design and layout of their community could be improved with the introduction of through streets and commercial enterprises. CRC has worked with the community, becoming a catalyst, to advocate for these needed changes.

In 2000, with the formation of Toronto Community Housing Corporation, the City made an audacious plan to redevelop and revitalize Regent Park over the next 20 years. All 2,083 housing units would be demolished, streets would be created, and businesses would have retail space in the area. City Council also made a commitment that all 2,083 units of Rent Geared to Income housing would be replaced, mostly within the footprint of Regent Park, but acknowledged that some may be replaced in bordering communities, and that all residents would have the first right to return to new social housing units. They also decided that the new Regent Park would be an intentionally mixed income community, with a blend of affordable housing and market priced housing.

CRC has been at the forefront of these developments, an epicentre in this exciting revitalization.

Rendering of Phase I of the Regent Park revitalization