Fred Victor is a dynamic, innovative, rapidly growing multi-service organization with a 125-year track record of addressing the needs of people who are homeless or living on very low incomes in Toronto. Services include permanent affordable housing, transitional housing, shelter, drop-in programs and community services, mental & physical health services, food access, employment & training services and a social purpose enterprise. We serve individuals, couples and families (approximately 12,000 unique individuals each year) and are currently the only organization on Toronto that accepts homeless people and their pets. As a key player and founding member of the Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness, Fred Victor is part of an advisory group the City turns to for recommendations and evidence-based information.
In answer to the cold weather and increasing numbers of people living on the street, Fred Victor and the City of Toronto opened the temporary, winter respite shelter in the Exhibition Grounds in December 2017. Following our tradition of evidence-based decisions, on February 21 2018, Fred Victor Health Services opened up our first supervised injection site at 145 Queen Street East where people who use injectable drugs can do so under the supervision of trained staff. There were 1,261 overdose deaths in Ontario last year, compared with 867 in 2016-These sites are critical to saving people's lives. ... The Ministry of Health asked Fred Victor to set up a new program to work with a unique population of people who end up in conflict with the law. People with "dual diagnosis" (mental health consideration and a developmental disability) make up three per cent of the population but 10 per cent of that population are in conflict with the law. This program is key to helping vulnerable people navigate the legal system and achieve justice.
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