Did You Know...
- We have been around since 1970
- We handle about 12,000 service requests per year
- The community has used N.I.P. for its information needs since our inception
- We want to help individuals in the community to gain access to community, health and social services
NIP opened in 1970 as a result of a number of concurring factors:
From its earliest beginnings, NIP has had strong support from the residents and other agencies in the community. This has enabled us to provide an integrated approach to meeting the individual's basic needs, such as food and shelter, counselling and safety and income.
- A recommendation of the Don District Study by the Social Planning Council,
- co-operation and interest of the Toronto Public Libraries,
- expressed need of local groups, individual residents and the local inter-agency council
Our services include:
Information and Referral Services
Case Management and Counselling
Advocacy and Mediation
Interpretation and Translation
Assistance in filling out forms
Mail and Message Services
Housing Support Services
Housing Trusteeship Program
Rent Bank Program
Community Outreach and Education
Free use of computer (including internet) and telephone
Immigrant Women's Support Group
Annual Income Tax Clinic
Services Provided in the Following Languages:
About the Neighbourhood
NIP has been serving the eastern Downtown core of Toronto in the area bounded by Yonge Street, Pape Avenue, Bloor Street East/Danforth Avenue and the lakefront.
The population of this widely diverse area is approximately 87,000 individuals. The area includes a large segments of public housing (Regent Park, Moss Court, Trefan Court, South Carlton), low income housing co-operatives (DACHI, Don West Neighbours), a large rooming house population, many lower income private homes and areas of housing professionals in the Don Valley and South of Carlton areas.
The population includes an interesting mix of Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipinos, Latin Americans, Greeks, East Indians, West Indians, Somalians, Native Canadians, Anglo-Canadians, as well as a number of Francophones from Manitoba, northern Ontario and the Eastern provinces. The area is in an almost constant state of flux.
Since its inception, NIP has been governed by a Board of Directors who are responsible to a Constitution. The Board Members are either residents, workers, or representatives of ethno-racial and other interest groups in the community. The Board of Directors is responsible for areas such as funding and basic policy which affected the internal organization and the role of NIP within the community.
NIP has constantly looked at how it can maintain and improve the efficiency and effectiveness with which it is able to provide its core programs and services. Over the years, NIP has undergone a process of re-engineering as a means to cope with the continuing financial pressures due to continuing reductions in funding.
Advances in information technology and the Internet provides us with tools with which we can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of NIP as an information provider. Establishing the NIP web site is a key part of our efforts to strengthen our links with other agencies in our community, and promote the dissemination of information, ideas and inter-agency co-operation. By communicating our knowledge base to the wider community we hope that other organizations may benefit from NIP's skills and expertise as an information provider.
In addition, we hope the web site will become one of our community's focal points on the Internet. It is our goal to provide an electronic forum through which information, assistance and support may be provided to all persons in the Toronto East area in order to improve the quality of their individual/community life.
We believe this web site and other inter-agency collaborative initiatives currently underway within our area is the way forward in providing a coherent concerted approach in addressing the needs of our community. By pooling our strengths and resources within a community network, we will be able to more effectively implement the improvements we all desire.
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Address: Parliament Street Public Library, 269 Gerrard St E, 2nd Fl, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 2G3
Location (Intersection): Toronto East (Parliament St-Gerrard St E)Office phone: (416) 924-2543 Fax: (416) 924-4748
Hours: Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri 10-4:30; Wed 1-4:30
Area served: Bloor St E/Danforth Ave-Lake Ontario; Don Valley Parkway-Yonge St
Physical access: Wheelchair accessible building including main entrance and barrier free washrooms * staff assistance necessary to access elevator