Charities in this fund provide front-line and long term support for those who are homeless. Shelters provide essential services and protection from the elements, while health and housing charities offer a pathway to stability.
Homes First is a hub for crucial services like food, medical assistance, and shelter. They also assist those who live on the street move towards more permanent housing. In 2019, they helped provided over 174,000 nights of emergency shelter and provided supportive housing to 362 individualshomesfirst.on.ca
Sojourn House helps newly arrived refugees find their footing by providing emergency shelter, and referring them to settlement and community services. Without services offering temporary shelters, many people who have recently arrived in Toronto may find themselves on the street. There are currently 300 refugees on their waitlist.www.sojournhouse.org
Daily Bread Food Bank provides healthy food for food insecure people across the GTA. Last year, they distributed 10 million pounds of food, 37% of which were fresh fruit and vegetables. In addition to food distribution, Daily Bread Food Bank also provides training and cooked meals to its partner food banks. Through their partnership with Toronto Public Health, they helped 191 food bank users access free dental services last year.www.dailybread.ca
Haven Toronto is a drop-in centre where homeless seniors, marginally housed, and socially isolated men can feel safe, form and cultivate friendships, and become part of a community. Last year, they served roughly 250 to 400 clients every day. Drop-ins at Haven Toronto receive food and access to nurses, dental hygienists, and other health services.www.haventoronto.ca
Red Door Family Shelter provides emergency shelter geared specifically for women and families. In addition to housing, they also provide child care, medical assistance, and programs for youth. Case workers are also available, who can support the families to transition to more stable housing.www.reddoorshelter.ca