You may have gathered by now that we're celebrating our 25th year here at Options for Homes. You may have also gathered that we're really excited about this milestone! (We're guessing the photo gave that away.) This occasion has given us the opportunity to reflect on how we've helped so many families and individuals across the GTA change their lives through home ownership. Since 1994, we've provided home ownership opportunities for over 3,300 households in 14 developments through our quality buildings and down payment support.
At Options, we've been focused on helping to make home ownership more affordable since 1994. That got us thinking, what was going on in 1994? It was the middle of the '90s so fashion was... questionable and pop culture, particularly television, was hugely influential. Gas was cheap and data storage was anemic by modern standards. Since we had so much fun digging into the nostalgic depths of our brain, we thought we'd celebrate all of the things that were making waves 25 years ago.
From our very first buildings in the Distillery District to a multi-phase project that transformed The Junction, the Options story is best told in the homes we've built and the people we've helped become homeowners.
Here is a look at our 25 years of impact in the GTA. [CLICK IMAGE FOR A LARGER VIEW]
Over the years, Options has been recognized for its role in providing affordable ownership housing in Toronto, the quality of our communities and their construction, and for the leadership we've shown in the not-for-profit sector. We're at once proud and humbled of these awards and recognition.
In December 2019, Toronto Life named Options CEO Heather Tremain to its Most Influential list. [Read more]
In 2014, we received the Ontario Masonry Design Award for Architectural Design: Residential High Rise.
Options was a finalist for the 2011 Tarion Award of Excellence in the High-Rise Builder category.
In 2010, Options for Homes was recognized by the City of Toronto as an Affordable Housing Champion.
Our Distillry District project was named Best Large Scale Project in 2004 by the Canadian Urban Institute.
In 2004, Options received a Co-operative Spirit Award, for Best Non-Profit Corporation.
The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation honourd the Options model with a Finance and Tenure award at its 2002 Housing Awards.