Our ED's Response to OPS Concerns
September 6, 2019
When Street Health opened our Overdose Prevention Site (OPS) in June 2018, the intersection of Dundas & Sherbourne had among the highest number of 9-1-1 calls for overdose in the entire city. Even with the opening of the OPS at Street Health, the community centred around this intersection continues to be in a crisis. The lack of emergency shelter beds, rooming house stock disappearing, no affordable housing, lack of available detox beds and drug treatment services, lack of adequate income support and food insecurity all contribute to this crisis.
The visibility of this crisis has led area homeowners to complain to elected officials, to area resident associations, and directly to us. Blame for homeless people gathering in public spaces, open drug-use, noise, and litter has been misplaced & directed at agencies like ours who provide services to vulnerable area residents, and not placed squarely onto the systemic barriers that our clients face.
In response to this, our Executive director has crafted a message to outline what Street Health has done, and continues to do, as a vital and committed member of the Dundas/Sherbourne community.
Please read Executive Director, Kapri Rabin’s statement here: Street Health’s Response to Concerns Regarding the Overdose Prevention Site