Become a Referral Agency Partner

Serving the Greater Toronto Area and Simcoe County regions with Rapid Homing Services.  

Your agencies Rapid Homing Support Service

Serving agencies, shelters, and community organizations across much of the Greater Toronto Area and through our network the wider Simcoe County region.

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Who can qualify to be a Referral Agency?

Furniture Bank works with all organizations that share our believe and acknowledgement the right of every individual to her or her basic needs for sustainable living by providing furniture & related goods to those unable to afford them.  

We work with Shelters, Governments, Churches, Community Agencies, Social Service Groups and others who are securing housing for their families. 

Our mission is to support your agency in reaching our vision of a world in which EVERYONE has the stability and dignity of a furnished home. 

Basic needs include any resource deemed necessary for persons or households to achieve and maintain physical well-being (Sarlo 2006, Collin & Campbell, 2008, Homeless Hub).  

These comprehensive lists have been developed to represent a holistic picture of what is required to move beyond mere survival to well-being. Such lists consist of: food, shelter, clothing, healthcare, personal care items, essential furnishings, transportation, communication, laundry services, education, sanitation and insurance.

In 2018, Statistics Canada estimated the amount of income needed in Canada to afford these basic necessities. Their research suggested that a four-occupant household would need on average $48, 142 (Statistics Canada, 2019). These amounts were calculated using the Market Basket Measure (MBM) of Low Income, Canada’s official poverty measure since August 2018. The MBM defines the cost of a necessary “basket of goods” required by a household to maintain an adequate standard of living. This income required to maintain the standard of living varies upon region and defines the poverty line.

The Shelter Component of the calculation is explicit “In addition to the allowance for the rental of the dwelling, an amount had been added to reflect the fact that some households would have to provide their own appliances, such as a refrigerator, stove, washer and dryer.”  This can amount to $5000 of one time cost not captured by MBM.  

Source: Statscan 

What items are NOT available through Furniture Bank?

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What items are available through Furniture Bank?

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Where can Furniture Bank provide service ?

We have a delivery service within the charity that has professionally delivered over 20,000 Rapid Homing Service Kits.  

What is included with the Rapid Homing Service

$300 $200 /family

BASIC RAPID HOMING SERVICE

RAPID HOMING KIT + DELIVERY
  • Weekly service
  • Collection and supply of furniture
  • Basic Kitchen Starter Kit
  • Basic Furniture Kit
  • Delivery to loading dock/front door
  • Delivery within 50 KM of FB
  • Pricing table list item
$600 $500 /family

FULL RAPID HOMING SERVICE

EXPANDED RAPID HOMING SOLUTION + DELIVERY
  • Weekly service
  • Collection and supply of furniture
  • Access to corporate donated goods
  • Kitchen Starter Kit
  • Bedding Kits for all family members
  • Full Furniture Kit
  • In-home delivery (where safety possible)
  • Delivery within 50 KM of FB
  • Pricing table list item

Why this service can't be free?

It's all about keeping the lights on

We too are a charity. While our Social Enterprises help cover over 50% of the cost of operations there remains a shortfall that must be covered. Our model is not about ‘selling furniture’ back to the public, its is about furnishing your families with the best we can get from the community. Our goal remains to grow our social enterprises to continue to lower the direct cost that we need an agency (or the family it is supporting) but at this time the 11 trucks, 44 staff, 26,000 sq ft warehouse, repair workshop, social employment program and associated gas, insurance, maintenance, technology and equipment require these costs to be shared.   

Why become a Agency Referral Partner?

  • No cost to join

    All Toronto, York and Peel Region agencies can be referral partners.

  • Access the service as needed

    When you secure housing - make an online request for rapid homing service.

  • Free Furniture & Home Goods

    We focus on sourcing and collecting furniture and home goods to create Fresh Start Home Kits.

  • Online Family Case Requests

    Online family request form through a secure portal.

  • Lowest cost solution to furnishing empty housing.

    Goods are donated from Furniture Bank to the family - the only cost is the transportation to the family.

  • COVID-19 Safety Processes Implemented

    From donation to processing, to selection and delivery. We are monitoring and adapting processes to follow the Canadian and Ontario guidelines.

  • Year Round Access

    Operating 5 days a week all year round - we can support rapid homing solutions.

Referral Agency Partner Application

Free to join, start referring your families within 24 hours. 

Agency Referral Application