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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 Vital Link Between Affordable Housing and Community Health

Discover how Fred Victor is bridging the gap between affordable housing and community health in Toronto. Our efforts go beyond shelter, addressing the root causes of homelessness and poverty to build a healthier, more inclusive society.

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Black Excellence: A Heritage to Celebrate; a Future to Build – Elevating Mental Health in African, Black, and Caribbean Communities 

As Canada celebrates Black History Month, we recognize the intertwined challenges of mental health, homelessness, and poverty among African, Black, and Caribbean communities.

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How to Put Together a Care Package for People Who Are Experiencing Homelessness

Everything you need to know about how to create a life-changing care packages for people experiencing homelessness.

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The Junk Drawer: A Simple Luxury Beyond the Reach of Those Experiencing Homelessness

Though often messy and disorganized, the junk drawer serves as a subtle reminder of the stability and security that comes with having a home. But what about those who are experiencing homelessness?

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A Family Needs a Home

Once a thriving and gainfully employed father, Dave endured a world turned upside down when his spouse left, leaving him alone to care for their two children, one of whom has severe autism. Overwhelmed by the sole responsibility of providing stability and support for his family, Dave made the difficult decision to quit his job, plunging him into a world of uncertainty.

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Cale’s Journey to Home

With the combined efforts of the Safe Consumption Site team, the Drop-in staff, Cale found a home at Fred Victor’s Transitional Housing. Cale’s journey to housing is just one of many examples of how Fred Victor provides a meaningful impact on people who are experiencing homelessness and battling complex challenges.

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Transforming Lives Through Housing: Stella’s Story

Discover Stella’s journey of resilience and hope as she finds solace and support through Fred Victor. After fleeing violence in Nigeria, Stella found herself in Toronto’s shelter system, feeling disconnected and overwhelmed. With the help of a compassionate Fred Victor case manager, she began to rebuild her life. Follow Stella’s inspiring story of transformation and the power of connection.

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Breaking The Cycle of Poverty: How Fred Victor is Helping Children and Families Living in Poverty

According to Toronto Child & Family Poverty Report, more than 125,000 (26.3%) children live in low-income families – a staggering statistic that highlights the inequality and lack of opportunity that still exists in Ontario’s largest metropolis.

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LGBTQ2S+ Community and Homelessness

Toronto’s LGBTQ2S+ community is one of the most prominent demographics experiencing homelessness. In particular, LGBTQ2S+ youth aged 16 – 25 make up a large percentage of the homeless youth population.

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Everyday Myths About the Homeless – Debunked

The circumstances of homelessness are often misunderstood. It’s time we debunk the most common myths about homelessness.

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Negative Perceptions Hurt: Attitudes Toward The Homeless

Perceptions of homeless people very often are inaccurate and always negative. It’s time to end prejudice against homeless people.

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8 Challenges Homeless Women Face Every Day

Homelessness definitely has a stereotype: a single, adult male asking for change on the city streets. However, women make up 27.3% of the overall homeless population in Canada. Here are […]

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Why Don’t The Homeless Just Go Home?

There are many reasons why people become homeless: losing your job; family break-up; family violence; mental illness; poor physical health; substance use; physical, sexual or emotional abuse – to name […]

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Young and Homeless: Facts About Homeless Youth in Canada

Young people don’t choose to be homeless. Leaving home is the last resort. It is when living conditions at home become absolutely intolerable and there is no other option but to leave.

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“Just Get a Job” Why It’s Not That Easy: Homelessness and Mental Health

Very often, the condition of people’s mental health makes it impossible to obtain and keep a job.

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Behind the Cardboard Sign: 5 Effects of Homelessness You Can’t See

The modern world is full of wealth, astounding resources, and technological advances like never before. And yet, homelessness still exists. In fact, in most cities around the world, you can see people struggling everywhere you look.

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5 Ways to Support People Who Are Experiencing Homelessness for the Holidays

The holidays can be a difficult time for people experiencing homelessness and living in poverty. There are reminders of the festive season everywhere you go – and while everyone is thinking about the things they want, the season hits harder for homeless people who have to think about whether they’ll get the things they need.

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