What's Up At Street Health?
Street Health is "Going Green”! As part of this campaign we would like to offer our donors the opportunity to begin receiving their Bi-Annual newsletter by email.
Our goal is to switch 30% of our donors to an E-Newsletter by the end of the year for a savings of over $2000. Any savings will go towards our much needed programs and services. Join the movement!
Toronto Star visits Street Health
Toronto Star columnist Carol Goar visited our offices recently to learn more about our clients, our programs and why they're still so desperately needed.
"Non-judgmental health care for the homeless..."
A -19C windchill becomes a matter of life or death for the homeless. Our Clinical Manager, Joyce Rankin, interviewed by CBC Radio's Matt Galloway
Listen to: "It's Shameful"
Compassionate health care for Toronto's homeless
Street Health is a non-profit community based agency that strives to improve the health and well-being of homeless and under-housed people in downtown Toronto. We offer physical and mental health programs, as well as supports that improve clients’ ability to access other services. Our work is focused in the neighbourhood around Dundas and Sherbourne Streets, an area with the largest concentration of homeless shelters and drop-in centres in Canada. On an average day, 115 clients come through our doors; we have 40,000 client visits each year.
The people we work with have lives characterized by extreme poverty, chronic unemployment, housing insecurity, poor nutrition, high stress and loneliness. They also have more frequent and serious illnesses, and die younger on average than the general population. People who are homeless, and those experiencing income insecurity, often cannot afford or have difficulty following medical treatment plans. Many people living on the street have difficulty accessing mainstream health services due to barriers such as lack of valid ID, the cost of transportation or social stigma.
With your support, we can make it work. We envision a day when our services are not needed, but until then our fierce commitment continues.
Health Care at Street Level
The health services we provide are client-centered, flexible, and responsive.Our multi-disciplinary service model can assess individual needs from different perspectives and respond with dynamic solutions. Street Health’s team of full-time and volunteer Nurses provides much needed primary healthcare at our location, at other community locations, and at area drop-ins. Our five-member community Mental Health team builds ongoing relationships that help people with mental health issues access vital services and supports. Our ID Team operates nine clinics per month, where they help people replace essential pieces of lost or stolen identification. One of the biggest barriers to accessing support or services is the lack of valid government-issued ID. Once a client’s ID is replaced, the Street Health ID Safe Program provides a secure and confidential place for them to store their valuable documents, which may still be at risk of loss or theft. The ID Safe also operates a secure Mail Service, which provides a reliable mailing address for clients dealing with housing instability. Our Harm Reduction program provides supports for community members dealing with addiction issues and the risks associated with substance use. We offer a needle exchange and stem distribution, as well as education, drop-in programming, and access to all the other services we provide. We firmly believe that healthy public policies are building blocks for creating healthier communities, and our decades of published Research and ongoing systemic Advocacy focus on gathering facts and information and using them to work upstream for positive change.
If you would like to access our services, or refer your clients, please call us at (416) 921-8668 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about Street Health programs and services, please follow the hyperlinks above or click on the tabs to the left of your screen.
If you would like to donate to help support our services, please click here or call (416) 921-8668 ext. 229. All donations will receive a charitable tax receipt.
Together, we can make it work.