In response to the growing homelessness crisis in our community, London Health Sciences Centre and London Cares have partnered to provide housing and support to people experiencing homelessness. This joint project is under the umbrella of the Health & Homelessness Whole of Community System Response.
Many of the individuals moving in have been on the streets of London for 10 years or more and engaged with our outreach team. With such high complex needs, housing has not been available to them to date. We have witnessed their health and well-being decline as they experience the changes in weather that living in Ontario brings. They have experienced hunger, faced restrictions from service and stigma in our community, and have had to brave the elements of snow, freezing rain, and sweltering heat leaving them with sunburn and frostbite.
Highly supportive housing, which is a separate initiative from Hubs, will assist those experiencing chronic and persistent homelessness with complex health needs, including discharged hospital patients at risk of readmission. This project not only improves health outcomes for vulnerable residents but also reduces the demand for hospital resources.