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, there are over 10,000 people who are homeless on any given night. Our shelters are more than just a place to sleep – they offer necessities such as laundry facilities and hygiene supplies to all who come through the door. They also provide support related to health care, information and referral, housing access, and advocacy.
- 2370 people received safe shelter, food, and support at 5 Fred Victor locations
- 174 people were accommodated in 3 transitional housing programs, successfully transitioning into permanent housing within 1 year
- 176 people were supported out of the shelter into permanent housing
- 767 people found refuge at the Edward Village Hotel – with 65 housed by staff
- 105 pets were welcomed into our shelters
Impact on Housing
In 2023, the City of Toronto reported 85,097 active applications on the subsidized housing waitlist. The lack of affordable housing in the city has contributed to increased emergency shelter use and the overall homelessness crisis. Fred Victor is a leader in helping people secure and maintain a safe place to live.
- 18, 689 contacts made (in person and virtual) with Housing Access and Support Services clients
- 580 people live in safe permanent Fred Victor Housing
- 263 people secured housing
- 97% of people maintained their housing over the last 24 month
- 44 residents entered transitional housing at 145 Queen St. E with 8 moving to permanent housing
Impact on Health
According to City data, 187 people experiencing homelessness died in Toronto last year. We provide appropriate and effective health services – addressing substance use, mental health challenges, physical injuries, food insecurity, social isolation, and other health-related issues.
- 225,997 community meals served at Moss Park and Regent Park
- 94,957 information and referral contacts at the 145 Queen St. E. Drop-In Program
- 15,832 attendees at 400+ health promotion groups, including suicide intervention
- 35,109 visits were made to our safe consumption site with 460 overdoses reversed
- 1297 people received Mental Health and Addictions Case Management support
- 652 people were diverted out of the Criminal Justice System to mental health services
- 92 youth experiencing psychosis received support through the Early Intervention program
Impact on Income
Financial stability is integral to securing and maintaining a safe place to live – which is why Fred Victor continues to support people in finding meaningful and sustainable employment.
Our Employment & Training Services team found creative ways to build engagement with participants online. They also incorporated digital skill-building, and a virtual Code of Conduct to ensure a positive learning environment for all.
- 4,358 times people accessed Employment and Training Services
- 85% of clients achieved income stability
- 175 people found work or started formal education through Employment and Training Services
- 96 clients were hired as Fred Victor peer workers
- 24 women completed The Women’s Bakery program; 87% of whom went on to employment or further education
- 120 people received certification in Community and Social Services careers
Impact on Community
Many of the residents we serve have histories of poverty, homelessness, and trauma – and face multiple barriers including food insecurity and social isolation. Fred Victor strives to address these challenges by creating opportunities for people to connect and contribute to positive change in their community.
- 5580+ volunteer hours contributed by 343 volunteers across all programs and services