September 17th, 2020
The Compass Move – Fall of 2021
The Compass Food Bank and Outreach Centre, also known as the Lakeshore Community Outreach Centre Inc., is proud to announce that the Board has approved the lease with Indwell for space at 425 Lakeshore Road East.
In January of 2017, the Benson Property Task Force was formed to seek out alternative locations due to the concern that development around our current location could force a move. Discussions with Indwell began in November of 2017, as they began the process of acquiring property at 425 Lakeshore Road East to develop a supportive housing building with substantial financial support from the Region of Peel. Indwell expressed interest in leasing the main floor of the building to The Compass, and in August of 2018, Indwell received approval for their proposal of 68 apartments, including the funding of $21.5M from the Region of Peel. Our Task Force began discussions in the Fall of 2018 regarding facility layout that led to four focus group meetings with staff and key volunteers held in January of 2020. The response was overwhelmingly positive. Since then, the Task Force has drafted a lease, and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which reflects the values and mission of both organizations, and how they will collaborate, yet separately function under the same roof.
On September 14th, 2020, the lease and MOU were presented to the Board and approved at a special meeting. The Indwell groundbreaking ceremony took place yesterday, September 16th, 2020 and reflected the love for community and the care for the vulnerable that both our organizations possess. The event also hallmarked the collaborative efforts and the commitment of all levels of government toward providing affordable housing in south Mississauga. Though as the Board Chair of The Compass repeated publicly, “there is still a long road ahead, but it is a journey worth taking… safe and affordable housing for our most vulnerable neighbours is a win for everyone”. The Compass will be moving in the Fall of 2021, pending on if construction remains on schedule.
The Compass Foodbank and Outreach center is honoured and pleased to have entered into this 10-year agreement with Indwell followed by three sets of 5-year renewal options. We hope to remain an integral part of the Lakeshore corridor and hope that, over the life of this agreement, the need for foodbanks becomes redundant.
As the anchor tenant in the new building, The Compass looks forward to shifting to this location when the project is completed at the end of 2021. “We are thrilled to have found a new home on the Lakeshore corridor as we continue to serve our clients in South Mississauga. Working with Indwell will be enriching for clients and volunteers” says Mike Giguere, Board Chair of The Compass.