Program offering work, mentorship

Felicia Gregory has had a lot of strikes against her. Teen mom. High school dropout. Public housing tenant.



But this fall, Gregory, 24, caught a break when her landlord, the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, offered her a job as an administrative assistant at its downtown head office as part of a youth employment program.


"It’s been a really great opportunity for me," said Gregory, who lives with her mother, younger sister and seven-year-old daughter in a public housing complex.

Gregory’s predicament is common for at-risk youth who face multiple hurdles to moving out of poverty, so TCHC is launching a pilot project to see if a longer term more comprehensive program can make a difference.

the program

  • Dubbed the "Sustainable Livelihoods Initiative," it will offer employment, mentorship and personal support for at least 18 months to a dozen young people in public housing.