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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 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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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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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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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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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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