Toronto shelter users to have better access to healthcare

Ontario is working with the City of Toronto to improve access to health services for people that are homeless or using shelters.

Ontario is working with the City of Toronto to improve access to health services for people that are homeless or using shelters.

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Peter Milczyn, Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, Arthur Potts, Member of Provincial Parliament for Beaches-East York, and Toronto Mayor John Tory were at New Hope shelter in Leslieville on Tuesday to announce a new initiative to improve access to essential health services, including primary care and mental health supports, for shelter users.This new collaborative approach between Ontario and the City of Toronto will begin in five new shelters across the city that will provide more than 300 beds to vulnerable people who often have complex health needs.

A new Advisory Committee of shelter operators, shelter users and health service providers has also been created to provide ongoing advice on improving access to health services for shelter users. Ontario is also providing funding to open 244 new permanent supportive housing units across Toronto for people living with mental illness and addictions, especially those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Earlier this month, the province announced that it will be making 354 George Street available to the City of Toronto to use as a new temporary shelter.Health care providers, shelter operators, the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network and city staff are working together to develop and implement the shelter health services pilot project over the next few months.          Ontario Newsroom

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