According to the 2007 Street Health report, 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.
Through our own work, we have seen the negative health effects of poverty, chronic instability and homelessness.
Food insecurity is a growing health crisis which impacts children and youth, seniors and families living with poverty. In a 2016 survey, 64% of Fred Victor food program participants reported they do not have enough money for food after paying rent and bills, and 65% reported at least one diet-related chronic illness.
Fred Victor strives to provide appropriate and effective health services for community members – addressing substance addiction, mental health challenges, physical injuries, food insecurity, social isolation and other health-related issues through the following programs and services:
Fred Victor Food Security Programs include Food Access, Food Skills, Edible Gardens, Advocacy, and Community Development. These programs teach participants cooking skills while building their knowledge of nutrition, how to grow their own cultural foods in our allotment garden program, better understand the systemic causes of poverty and food insecurity, find their voice around the issues that matter to them, and build connection in their community. Learn more.
A team dedicated to providing education and information on mental and physical health services and resources.
Fred Victor offers support and outreach services to enable people with severe mental health challenges to live dignified and fulfilled lives Learn more.
Mental Health and Justice
Fred Victor offers short-term support to those experiencing mental distress and struggling to stay out of the criminal justice system. Learn more.
A public health approach to reduce the harmful effects of prolonged substance use – includes counseling, support groups, educational workshops etc. Learn more.
Concurrent Disorders Support Services
Fred Victor is the lead agency in a referral network for people with both mental illness and substance addiction in Toronto. CDSS offers a high degree of support by helping to navigate the system. Learn more.
Drop-Ins & Community Programs
We offer several programs that provide opportunities for people to make a contribution, to connect with others, and to be part of a larger community. These community programs also provide basic needs such as clothing and nutritious meals, education and training, and support around housing, health, legal, immigration, income, mental health and addiction. Learn more.
Steps to Success is an after-school and summer program for children and youth in our permanent affordable housing sites, many of whom have experienced poverty, homelessness, violence and instability.The program bridges the opportunity gap for low-income children, youth and families in supporting social and emotional learning. Learn more.
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Our Charitable Registration Number is: 118931377RR0001