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Ending Homelessness in Toronto

Ending Homelessness in Toronto

Homelessness is a complex problem that demands a response from governments, service providers, service recipients and the community at large. Fred Victor’s commitment to ending homelessness is illustrated through our leadership in the ZeroTO collective impact initiative.

We also strive to support each and every person that is on a journey out of homelessness. Whether it is providing safe and affordable housing units, addressing issues around mental health and addiction, or connecting individuals and families to other support services, we are there to provide tangible solutions that lead to positive outcomes.

This is the impact we have on a day-to-day basis in the fight to end homelessness in Toronto:

Impact on Homelessness

In Toronto, over 9,200 people are homeless on any given night. A number that has practically doubled in the last few years. Over 100,000 households are on the waitlist for affordable housing, underscoring the widespread lack of housing stability.

  • 684 clients received Housing Access & Support Services with 108 securing permanent housing
  • 13,300 people supported at the 24-hour Respite with 4,206 referrals made
  • 1,320 people served at the Bethlehem United Shelter with 75 housed
  • 53 women at Women’s Transition to Housing moved on to permanent housing
  • 62,441 visits to the Women’s Drop-In program with 4,852 referrals made
  • 98% of Housing Access & Support Services clients retained housing in the last 24 months

Impact in Regent Park

Regent Park is Canada’s largest and oldest social housing community. Built in 1949, it was home to 2,083 households, with more than 8,300 residents. Today, 44% of the households in Regent Park live in poverty, including more than 5,000 youth and children.

  • 50,000+ free community meals served, with the support of 300 volunteers
  • 4,866 participants in Drop-in Programs and Volunteering Opportunities
  • 1,495 attendees to 25 Community Events, including Diwali, Black History Month, and Lunar New Year
  • 555 participants in over 90 Gardening Program sessions and workshops
  • 100 tenants live at the deeply affordable 40 Oaks Housing Community
  • 3,193 referrals given to participants by Drop-in and Housing Support staff

Impact on Health

75% of people experiencing homelessness are enduring one or more physical health conditions, and one third had a physical or mental health condition that was keeping them from finding stable housing.

  • 7,774 participants in 372 Health Promotion groups, including Suicide Intervention
  • 1,255 people received Mental Health Case Management support
  • 51,197 Supervised Consumption Service visits and 644 overdoses reversed
  • 131 seniors supported to maintain their wellness and housing through the STOP Outreach Program
  • 72 youth experiencing their first episode of psychosis received Case Management support
  • 1,078 clients diverted out of the criminal justice system to mental health and support services in the community

Impact on Income

1 in 5 adults live in poverty in Toronto. Without financial stability, it is extremely difficult for individuals and families to cover the rising cost of housing.

  • 2,337 times people accessed our Employment and Training Services
  • 142 people found jobs after accessing Employment and Training Services
  • 24 Women’s Bakery graduates with 80% securing jobs, volunteering or pursuing further education
  • 128 clients received training/certification toward peer opportunities in social services
  • 28 participants had hands-on culinary skills training through our Friends Catering Social Enterprise
  • 31 people had on-the-job training as Peer Outreach Workers on the Keep Cool Team

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.
A couple who met at the 24/7 respite centre enjoying a rainy day at the Moss park with their black labrador dog. Your donations help people move into housing.

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.”

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."

Sarah's Story

Sarah’s battle with pain led to years of addiction and a rough life on the streets. The need to safely manage her substance use brought her to Fred Victor’s Safe Consumption Site. With the support of the caring staff, she is optimistic that she can turn her life around.

Dominique's Story

Dominique had been fighting with her mother for years. After a devastating confrontation, she had to leave home. All she had was her dog Lila. Together, they entered Fred Victor’s pet-friendly shelter to begin the long search for a place of their own.