Ontario has announced funding for a new four-bed hospice for the homeless population, with another six beds to be added over the next two years. The new hospice, which will open soon in downtown Toronto, will provide high-quality care to 40 to 50 people in need each year.
Ontario is partnering with Hospice Toronto, Saint Elizabeth Foundation and Inner City Health Associates on this project to address the demand for end-of-life and palliative care for the homeless population in the province's largest city. The new hospice, named Journey Home Hospice, will offer flexible care suited to the unique and complex needs of homeless people and those at risk of becoming homeless.
- Ontario is investing $245,000 in 2017-18 to support Journey Home Hospice for homeless and vulnerably housed people.
- Ontario’s investment in Journey Home Hospice is part of an additional $75 million for hospice and palliative care over three years across the province.
- In 2017-18, the province is also providing 11 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) with $100,000 each to support innovative models of palliative care for homeless people across Ontario.
- Based on the recommendations of the Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness, Ontario has set a goal to end chronic homelessness by 2025.
- The province provides almost 17,000 units of supportive housing for people living with mental illness or addictions, and other vulnerable people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
- Hospice Toronto
- Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care
- Ontario’s Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care
- Ontario’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy
- Hospice Palliative Care Ontario