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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:

  • We housed 487 people in 2017
  • We provided transitional housing for 40 people in 2017 with over 70% successfully moving on to permanent housing
  • We assist 150 people per day through our Open House Drop-in Program, including:
    – 25,000 referrals
    – 7,500 pieces of clothing & toiletries
    – 20,100 snacks
    – 800 I.D. replacements
    – 250 income tax returns
  • We serve 50,000 meals at Friends Restaurant every year
  • We made 500 referrals to fast-track services for people with both mental health and addictions in 2017
  • We provided on-site health and support services to 450 people in 2017
  • We offered volunteer opportunities for 50 people in 2017
  • We provide community programs (art group, garden group, outings, movie nights and workshops) for over 150 people in our community

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."

SIS 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."