Client Stories

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Fife House has helped thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS find affordable housing through our various programs and initiatives. To read the personal stories of some of our clients and learn how they received support through Fife House, click on the links below.
    • 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.
    • George is a well-known personality in the community. Now in his mid-60s, he’s been living with HIV/AIDS for 34 years. During that time he has lived in various places downtown and worked periodically, mostly in the restaurant business. But his living situation was very precarious.
    • Grace’s husband became abusive and she left him. Leaving her four children with a relative, she decided to come to Canada so she could work and support them, even though she knew very little English. On arrival she was asked if she was claiming refugee status. She didn’t understand what this meant and indicated she wanted to work. Eventually, she did end up claiming refugee status and as part of the process was required to have a medical exam, which is when she received some shocking news.
    • Mark received access to medical attention through Fife House’s Transitional Housing Program, as well as help locating services that would provide financial support. Fife House staff was with him every step of the way.
    • Elizabeth arrived in Canada in August of 2006 as a refugee having to leave her children behind with her mother. Living in a shelter, Elizabeth realized she would need help with affordable housing and her struggle to bring her children to Canada. In her search Elizabeth found and subsequently turned to Fife House for support.
    • 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.
    • Xica is a 38 year old Trans Woman. She writes, “Since my arrival in Canada things have gone up and down and when they couldn’t go up anymore I found myself homeless, ostracized and suffering with stigma, discrimination and harassment. I found myself on the edge ready to call it quits, but then Fife House opened its doors for me and everything changed for the better.”
        • Esa reached out to Fife House staff, to a few problems they were experiencing in their life. They found theirselves in a tough situation experiencing homelessness, depression and physical illness.  These topics were something they couldn’t speak to anybody about, but they felt really comfortable speaking with Fife House in trying to get some help.
        • Prossy found herself exhausted and emotionally drained after spending months searching for an affordable place to live in Toronto’s competitive housing market, after having arrived in Canada as a newcomer. Fortunately, a public health nurse referred her to Fife House and with the assistance she received from Fife House, she was eventually able to secure an apartment – a home, so that she could begin building her new life in Canada.
            • Aryo learned about Fife House through a deeply meaningful connection with their late husband, Sylvanus. This introduction remains a treasured memory, as Aryo reflects, “Witnessing the profound impact Fife House had on Sylvanus’ life was remarkable. He found the space to engage in meaningful learning experiences, rebuild his self-confidence, and make a positive difference in the lives of others, continuing to inspire me his friends and family.”
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