NA-ME-RES Housing Workers
The City of Toronto funs Native Men’s Residence (Na-me-res) to provide housing workers to specifically service the OOTC. The housing workers have been well received by the guests of the program and are making a profound impact on the program. The mobile housing team will assist guests in accessing ID, ODSP and OW as well as taking them to view apartments. Na-me-res provides aftercare support to Aboriginal clients for up to one year after they get housed, in hopes that they will be able to maintain their housing. It should be noted that they view aftercare as a vital resource for all people they house, but due to funding restraints they are only able to offer the service to their Aboriginal clients at this time.
Community Care Access Centre
The Community Care Access Centre provides nurses to the OOTC sites. Given that homeless people have a difficult time accessing services and that they are m ore vulnerable than the average person to a variety of health issues, these nurses play an incredibly vital role to our sites. Nurses see about 10-15 people per site.
Sherbourne Health Bus
The Sherbourne Health bus provides a service to Blythwood OOTC on Saturday’s. The bus is well utilized by the guests coming to the program for both meals and over night. The staff on the health bus provide service to upwards of 30 people each week!!
City of Toronto
The City of Toronto funds Dixon Hall to provide the Resources and Supports to the OOTC. The funding is based on a per diem system meaning a fee is paid per overnight guest at the sites. The City of Toronto provides a number of valuable resources to all homeless men and women throughout the City, including the Streets to Homes Program (Assessment and Referral Centre) and 311 Toronto which allows anyone to access vital information using a quick phone call (free from all phones).