Just as Ashley was turning 25, she received an HIV diagnosis. Ashley’s relationship with her family had come apart, she moved away from her partner for safety reasons, and when she discovered she was pregnant, she needed emergency housing and access to health support services.

“I’ve been blessed with a miracle named Mataya.”

For Ashley, the idea of being a mother and living with HIV did not feel possible. The nine months she spent at Fife House’s Transitional Housing Program prepared her for carrying and caring for Mataya. She says, finding access to medication is possible, though securing a place to store them and recover without worry presents a new set of challenges.

“Thankfully, the Transitional Housing Program at Fife House provided me with enough time to figure things out.  Without Fife House, I would have struggled significantly more.”

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Mathew is a former client of our residential housing program. He moved to Toronto from Sudbury in 2010 after being evicted and becoming homeless. Mathew’s HIV was symptomatic and he was dealing with a multitude of health issues, including schizophrenia for which he was not receiving treatment.

Like many of our clients, Mathew was hoping for a better future and connections to care in “the big city”. With no way to advocate for himself, and with no supports, Mathew was unable to find housing in Toronto and stayed at the largest men’s shelter in Canada for over three months.

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Anthony is a former client of our Homeless Outreach Program. He began having trouble with his eyesight in 2012 and lost his job because of his disability. Anthony was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease and was shocked to learn that he also had Hepatitis and HIV. The multitude of health issues led to Anthony losing his housing situation, which is the unfortunate result for many of our clients. 

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