Fife House has been a leader in the provision of services to people experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness and living with HIV/AIDS across the City of Toronto. To address challenges with affordable housing and navigating the ongoing issues with the housing system, The Homeless Outreach Program (HOP) has expanded to include a peer-led bi-weekly Drop In for one-on-one housing help. HOP has been providing housing search and placement, eviction prevention and transitional supports to people living with HIV/AIDS for the last 18 years.
HOP is Fife House’s largest program in terms of clients served. In 2017/2018 the HOP caseload carried more than 300 active clients. During this period 103 people living with HIV/AIDS were housed.
“I have been living with my friend/caregiver for years. As time goes on I can feel my health declining, my short-term memory is not as sharp as it once was and my friend/caregiver having to be more patient with me and my evolving challenges. I have also been feeling more isolated as of late. Recently our landlord gave us notice that we must move as they were selling the property. This news sent me into a panic because I had no idea what to do, where to look. I got connected to HOP, they were very honest with me and gave me options. Some of the options were very hard to hear but they were reassuring with the support they could provide me. I felt uneasy about the future but I didn’t feel alone. Through diligent work and numerous applications HOP helped me secure an offer for me and my friend/caregiver. I was going through so much stress but HOP helped me so much with coping mechanisms for my memory issues, I am so grateful I am able to maintain my quality of life with my friend/caregiver. The offer I got was from a place that also has support staff on site. Now my friend/caregiver can have some respite and more emphasis can be placed on FRIEND not caregiver. Thanks so much!” – HOP Client