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LIGHTS is a unique program created by community leaders in partnership with Community Living Toronto to address the very significant shortage of independent and appropriate housing for intellectually disabled citizens living in Toronto.

Currently 3,600 adults with intellectual disabilities are waiting for long-term housing in our city, and COVID-19 has put an even bigger strain on the already stretched government assistance programs. Combine that with the high cost of living, the low availability of affordable housing, and the possibility of having a home of one’s own in a community of one’s choice is very bleak for people who have an intellectual disability.

Through its unique approach, LIGHTS improves the quality of life for both parents and their children by providing solutions that are created and managed by the families themselves, with the professional support and experience of Community Living Toronto and their staff. The result, for the family, is greater inclusion in their community, a sense of independence, respect, security, and a tangible plan for continuity of care once the parents are no longer able to look after their child.

Unfortunately, not all families can afford the start-up costs of independent living such as rent, utilities, caregiver costs, and personal needs.  But through fundraised dollars, LIGHTS can provide interim financial support of up to $20,000 per year for up to five years for those in need. 

To date 81 young people have been given the opportunity to live in a home of their own.  

Help us raise $100,000 to help even more people reach their goals to live independantly in their community.     

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Community Living Toronto fosters inclusive communities by supporting the rights and choices of people with an intellectual disability. We believe in a society where everyone belongs and is valued. Thank you for being part of teams #CLTO. Together we will raise important dollars for programs like LIGHTS (LIGHTS.to) – helping people with an intellectual disability reach their goals of a home of their own in their community; Shadow Lake Centre (shadowlakecentre.ca) – a place where children, youth and adults with special needs can experience the joys of camp and many other areas of greatest needs within or organization.    

Team members

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Recent donors

Donation date Donor name Donation amount
Oct 18 Steph Crook $50.00
Oct 13 CTL Leather $500.00
Oct 12 Michael & Jacintha Doner $250.00
Oct 11 Martha and Nick $50.00
Oct 11 Martha and Nick $50.00
Oct 09 Wanda Nowakowska Go, runners! Go! Go, LIGHTS! Go! $100.00
Oct 08 Anonymous Undisclosed amount
Oct 06 Barry Bernstein $216.00
Oct 04 D'Orazio Group $300.00
Sep 30 The Le Moines You can do it, Malcolm! Thank you for raising funds for such an important cause. Undisclosed amount