How do you provide housing for the chronically homeless? One small Toronto non-profit has found a way – but it’s harder than it ought to be.

Earlier this month, St. Clare’s Multifaith Housing Society started work on a new social housing development: a skinny three-storey building that contains 22 bachelor units. Designed by LGA Architectural Partners, it’s going alongside a building St. Clare’s owns on Leonard Avenue in the neighbourhood of Kensington Market, turning what used to be a parking lot into desperately needed housing.