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Improving Health, Income and Housing Stability

for people experiencing homelessness

A man is happy and proud to have a place to call home. Your donations help people who are homeless.

Improving Health, Income and Housing Stability

for people experiencing homelessness

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Improving Health, Income and Housing Stability

for people experiencing homelessness

Improving Health, Income and Housing Stability

for people experiencing homelessness

A man is happy and proud to have a place to call home. Your donations help people who are homeless.

for people experiencing poverty and homelessness.

Improving Health, Income and Housing Stability

THE REALITY

People experiencing homelessness are:
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times more likely than the general population to be hospitalized from the virus.

THE REALITY

People experiencing homelessness are:
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times more likely to require intensive care for COVID-19

THE REALITY

People experiencing homelessness are:
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times more likely to die within three weeks of first testing positive

THE REALITY

Homelessness is at an all-time high in Toronto.
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people are homeless on any given night.

THE REALITY

There’s an urgent need for affordable housing in Toronto.
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households are on the affordable housing waitlist

THE REALITY

Food insecurity is a serious public health issue.
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Toronto households experience food insecurity

THE REALITY

Homelessness is detrimental to health and wellness.
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of homeless people report having a serious physical health condition

THE REALITY

Toronto is facing a shelter crisis.
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of the shelter system is occupied every night

THE REALITY

Torontonians are struggling to make ends meet.
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of adults in Toronto live in poverty

OUR SOLUTIONS

Housing

We provide housing and shelter for men, women and children who live in extreme poverty, are marginally housed or are homeless. Learn More

Health

We help connect community members to food security, healthcare services, including mental health and addiction support. Learn More
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Income

We offer a variety of training programs for people who are seeking sustainable and meaningful employment. Learn More
Facilitator and a client discussing career goals at Fred Victor Employment Centre. Supporting people in finding meaningful and sustainable employment is crucial in ending homelessness.

Ending Homelessness

We believe we can end chronic homelessness in Toronto. Learn More
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OUR RESULTS

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people access our programs and services every day
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free community meals served, with support of volunteers
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times people accessed our Employment and Training Services
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Supervised Consumption Service visits and 577 overdoses reversed
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visits to the Women’s Drop-In program
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participants Health Promotion groups, including Suicide Intervention

After leaving her abusive husband, Alma needed a job where she could make a living wage and still be available to care for her children in the evenings. She joined our Women’s Bakery program, and received the training and experience to secure a full-time job with Fred Victor’s Friends Catering team. Alma says, “The Women’s Bakery program helped me prove to myself and prove to my kids that we can stand on our own two feet and do everything for ourselves. It showed me that we are going to be alright.”

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ALMA’S STORY

It wasn’t long after Anthony lost his job that he found himself without a roof over his head. At a Fred Victor-run respite shelter, Anthony met housing worker Jobin Francis. With Jobin’s assistance, he moved into a single, furnished basement room within a few months. Anthony remarked that it felt like a huge weight was off his chest when he signed the year-long lease for his room. With a stable home base, he was able to begin looking for work again.

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ANTHONY’S STORY

Vanessa had been providing her share for an apartment without realizing that her roommate wasn’t paying the rent. When they were evicted, she found a safe place to stay at Fred Victor’s Emergency Respite. That’s where she met Nicholas and his dog Fire. In May, Fred Victor housing staff found them an affordable one-bedroom apartment. Vanessa explained, “Without this respite centre, I probably would have ended up living in places that I didn’t want to be in and that would have been much, much worse.”

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VANESSA’S STORY

In the wake of Canada’s opioid crisis, Fred Victor opened a Supervised Injection Site (SIS) to support community members and prevent overdoses. This full-service harm reduction site includes sterile injection supplies, education on overdose prevention, intervention health counselling and referrals to services such as drug treatment, housing and income support. An SIS staff member stated, “Whether it’s a shelter bed for the night or other health services, if they come in to the SIS, we’re here to help them.”

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RESPONDING TO THE OPIOID CRISIS

After leaving her abusive husband, Alma needed a job where she could make a living wage and still be available to care for her children in the evenings. She joined our Women’s Bakery program, and received the training and experience to secure a full-time job with Fred Victor’s Friends Catering team. Alma says, “The Women’s Bakery program helped me prove to myself and prove to my kids that we can stand on our own two feet and do everything for ourselves. It showed me that we are going to be alright.”

Read more about our work  

ALMA’S STORY

It wasn’t long after Anthony lost his job that he found himself without a roof over his head. At a Fred Victor-run respite shelter, Anthony met housing worker Jobin Francis. With Jobin’s assistance, he moved into a single, furnished basement room within a few months. Anthony remarked that it felt like a huge weight was off his chest when he signed the year-long lease for his room. With a stable home base, he was able to begin looking for work again.

Read more about our work  

ANTHONY'S STORY

Vanessa had been providing her share for an apartment without realizing that her roommate wasn’t paying the rent. When they were evicted, she found a safe place to stay at Fred Victor’s Emergency Respite. That’s where she met Nicholas and his dog Fire. In May, Fred Victor housing staff found them an affordable one-bedroom apartment. Vanessa explained, “Without this respite centre, I probably would have ended up living in places that I didn’t want to be in and that would have been much, much worse.”

Read more about our work  

VANESSA'S STORY

In the wake of Canada’s opioid crisis, Fred Victor opened a Supervised Injection Site (SIS) to support community members and prevent overdoses. This full-service harm reduction site includes sterile injection supplies, education on overdose prevention, intervention health counselling and referrals to services such as drug treatment, housing and income support. An SIS staff member stated, “Whether it’s a shelter bed for the night or other health services, if they come in to the SIS, we’re here to help them.”

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RESPONDING TO OPIOID CRISIS

ENDING HOMELESSNESS

Fred Victor has worked hard to build support and consensus for the Zero TO approach to ending chronic homelessness. The initiative is being led by the Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness (TAEH) and is supported by the City of Toronto and a formal group of community partner organizations. Our first objective is to tackle the issue of chronic homelessness through improved data, coordinated and triaged access to service, and evidence informed advocacy to government.
Learn more about Fred Victor’s leadership role in ending homelessness in Toronto.

WHERE TO FIND US

We provide a wide range of services across 20+ locations in Toronto.
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NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Women and Homelessness
As we continue to persevere and adapt to the challenges of Covid-19, it is important that we acknowledge the added hardships that women, girls and gender diverse peoples experiencing homelessness must face on a daily basis.
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Homeless Women Receive Warm Welcome from Community
As International Women’s Day approaches, 25 local women will celebrate by moving into their new home. As a […]
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World Homeless Day 2020
For 126 years, it has been our mission to help people who are experiencing homelessness. On World Homeless Day, we share the stories of Maya, Julian, Dorothea and Terrance
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Help Homeless People Beat The Heat Safely.
As restrictions are lifted and the city begins to re-open, things seem to be getting better. But for people experiencing homelessness, the crisis continues.
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2019 - 2020
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