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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 their doors. They also provide support related to health care, information and referral, housing access and advocacy.

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Each year, more than 150 people staying in our shelters move on to improved living conditions after receiving housing help in our shelters.

Fred Victor has two emergency shelters that are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Both offer short-term beds for homeless and low-income people when all other housing options fail.

Bethlehem United Shelter

This 70-bed wheelchair accessible shelter at Caledonia Road and Lawrence Avenue is open to all genders, singles and couples. This shelter is a joint project between Fred Victor, Bethlehem United Church (Apostolic) and the City of Toronto.

While at the shelter, residents have the opportunity to meet with staff to draw up a plan of action so they can move forward. Case managers work one-on-one to help people fill in the necessary paperwork and forms in order to have access to healthcare, housing, employment and income supports.

Having a pet is often a barrier for people needing to find shelter or access services – and homeless people will very often choose to sleep on the streets with their pets, rather than go into a shelter without them. Fred Victor’s Bethlehem United Shelter is the only long-term shelter in Toronto that allows pets to accompany their owners.

Edward Village Hotel

In partnership with the City of Toronto, this shelter is designed to support up to 300 people facing homelessness. This shelter welcomes adults over 18 years old, including women, men, and couples, who encounter various barriers. These barriers range from mental health challenges and substance use to social isolation, immigration status complications, unemployment or underemployment, and past interactions with the criminal justice system. The shelter acknowledges the rich cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity of its clients, ensuring an inclusive and respectful environment for all.

The Edward Hotel Emergency Shelter is distinguished by its comprehensive support services tailored to the unique needs of its clients. It offers enhanced case management and housing services directly on-site, alongside mental health and addictions counselling. The shelter practices trauma-informed care and provides harm reduction interventions, facilitated by a dedicated team of staff, community partners, and peers. Additionally, clients have access to primary health care services and referrals, ensuring a holistic approach to their well-being. Continuous one-on-one check-ins are a cornerstone of the shelter’s support system, ensuring personalized and consistent care.

The goal of the shelter is to assist clients in securing permanent, safe, and affordable housing while connecting individuals with necessary services in their chosen community, fostering long-term stability and independence. 

Fatima House

Fatima House is a newly-renovated, accessible and pet-friendly shelter that will serve as a temporary home for up to 52 women. The shelter offers meals, counselling and healthcare services, as well as housing support. Staff onsite work with the women to help them move on to permanent, affordable housing.

Fatima House is a municipal shelter and receives City and provincial funding. The building is being leased to Fred Victor by the landlord for use as a shelter.

Hostel Redirect Program (HRD)

This long-standing and successful Fred Victor housing access program helps people staying in both of our shelters find permanent and affordable housing. As many as 150 shelter residents a year move on to better living situations, some of these having found permanent, stable housing through Hostel Redirect.

For addresses and contact info, please visit Locations.

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