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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

Income

We offer a variety of training programs for people who are seeking sustainable and meaningful employment. Learn More

Ending Homelessness

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

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 416 overdoses reversed
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people were supported at the 24-h emergency respite
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participants Health Promotion groups, including Suicide Intervention
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ALMA’S STORY

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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ANTHONY'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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VANESSA'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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RESPONDING TO OPIOID CRISIS

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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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.
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WHERE TO FIND US

We provide a wide range of services across 25 locations in Toronto.
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NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Seven Ways You Can Help People Experiencing Homelessness During Hot Weather

Extreme heat is a health risk. Heat-related illness includes heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat rash and muscle cramps. Other heat-related symptoms include dizziness, nausea, fainting, headache, rapid breathing and heartbeat, and extreme thirst. Although heat-related illness is preventable, extreme heat contributes to an average of 120 premature deaths every summer in Toronto. People experiencing homelessness are especially at risk.
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Unconditional Bonds: The Critical Role of Pets in the Lives of People Experiencing Homelessness

Streets are a scary place to be. A pet can be the one thing that gives a person the courage to face each day. Having a pet to provide companionship, protection, and love can be a major contributing factor whether someone survives or not.
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The Intersection of Gender and Homelessness – Addressing the Root Causes of Women’s Homelessness

Homelessness is a problem that affects everyone, but it disproportionately impacts women. This article discusses the challenges faced by homeless women in Canada and outlines some possible solutions.
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Homeless Couples: We Found Love in a Hopeless Place

Many people have the misconception that homeless people don’t experience romantic attraction or need the emotional support of a partner. homeless people are just like everyone else — they meet and fall in and out of love, date people, and support each other.
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