For Prossy, finding an apartment in Toronto has been nothing short of a challenge. The city’s competitive rental market, combined with skyrocketing prices and harsh terms and conditions, made the search an uphill battle. She spent months searching, only to face disappointment each time.
“The process has been emotionally draining. As a newcomer to the city, I had to quickly learn the intricacies of Toronto’s rental market. It often felt like I was caught in a cycle of disappointment, viewing apartments that didn’t match their descriptions or facing rejection due to the high demand, and failure to meet the criteria set by the owners. It felt like a race against time, and the pressure to secure a suitable place was overwhelming.
Despite the challenges, I’m proud to say that I’ve finally found a place that feels like home. It’s a testament to perseverance and a reminder that, even in the face of adversity, determination can lead to success.
I was referred by a public health nurse to Fife House and I went through the intake process for supportive housing and I was put on a waitlist. When things got difficult and there still wasn’t vacancy at Fife House, Raj, the Housing Worker at Fife House connected me to another agency and with his support, I eventually got an apartment. After getting a house, I again contacted Raj for support with furniture. He advocated for me and helped me access the Furniture Bank and linked me to Sleep Country which provided me with a bed within a period of 10 days. In this sea of uncertainty, I’m thankful for the support I received from Fife House, my housing worker, and friends. Their advice and insights helped me navigate the complexities of Toronto’s rental landscape, allowing me to make more informed decisions.”