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Working To Bring An End To The Housing Crisis: Reena is committed to implementing an ‘intentional living’ model to establish affordable housing opportunities for individuals with diverse needs.

With over 12,000 individuals with developmental disabilities waiting for housing in Ontario and wait lists for affordable housing units extending up to 40 years, the demand for housing solutions for adults with developmental disabilities remains pressing. Despite the unwavering efforts of community organizations and consistent government support, this need continues to escalate.

  • About 300,000 Ontario adults have an intellectual disability. An estimated 40% of these individuals also have a concurrent mental health diagnosis.
  • Over 18% of people who are homeless have a developmental disability
  • 50% live with significant medical issues
  • Women with a developmental disability are 65% more likely to experience abuse
  • 90% live below the poverty line

Reena has been dedicated to developing housing projects for individuals with diverse needs, including autism and mental health challenges, since its founding in 1973. Our focus is on creating inclusive communities where residents can enjoy both a sense of belonging within their immediate surroundings and a connection to the broader community with Reena’s support. Through these development initiatives, Reena has played a key role in providing solutions to the deeply-affordable housing crisis faced by individuals with developmental disabilities.


Currently, Reena operates two such residences, the Sandy Keshen Reena Residence and the Lou Fruitman Reena Residence in Vaughan, with the third, the Frankfurt Family Reena Residence in Toronto, in development. Our ongoing projects aim to reduce the separation among tenants, staff, and volunteers, fostering an environment of unity and shared support. Reena also plays a leading role in the Intentional Community Consortium (ICC), along with partner organizations, advocating for specially designed housing solutions that promote independence.

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Sandy Keshen Reena Residence

Located on the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus in Vaughan, this residence personifies inclusion, not only as one of Reena’s core values, but also as a core practice. The residence serves adults and seniors people with a range of special needs such as developmental, physical and/or mental health.

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Lou Fruitman Reena Residence

The Lou Fruitman Reena Residence in Thornhill is a new housing project inspired by the success of the Reena Community Residence. It’s designed to house over 130 adults and seniors with diverse needs, including developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, and physical disabilities. The residence fosters an intentional community, where tenants and supporting agencies collaborate to create a unified community of support, aiming to reduce stigma and separation among residents, staff, and volunteers.

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Frankfort Family Reena Residence

In view of the success of both existing Residences, (Sandy Keshen’s and Lou Fruitman’s) and the continued growth in need, the Reena Board of Directors has decided to develop a third Reena. Community Residence on 155-165 Elm Ridge Rd, named Frankfort Family Reena Residence. Our anticipated occupancy date remains on target for 2025.

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