Drop Ins offer services, food and connections to community supports. The Toronto Drop-In Network (TDIN) is an active coalition of 45-plus drop in centres working with people who are homeless, marginally housed or socially isolated in Toronto. The Network includes drop ins of all sizes and diverse philosophies serving women, men, youth, seniors and families. Member agencies are located throughout the City of Toronto. To find a drop in click here.
There are dozens of small, part-time food banks throughout Toronto, each serving their own area. Call Daily Bread at 416-203-0050 for referral to a member food bank near you. Please note that most food banks require proof of address, identification and income verification. Rules for using food banks can vary, so it’s important to ask about them when calling to make an appointment. You can also call 211 or visit www.211toronto.ca for more information on other food banks, including those run by the Salvation Army.
191 New Toronto St.
Mon. to Fri. 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (office hours)
• Call during office hours for referral to a food bank near you; after hours call 211
• If you are referred to a food bank by Daily Bread, expect to show identification, proof of income, address and expenses such as rent and utilities
• Food banks usually provide a two- to three-day supply of food, based on the number of people in the family
• Call or email for information about low-cost food programs in your neighbourhood
116 Industry St.
• Call for information about neighbourhood food banks and other food programs in North York
• Online tool provides details about local food programs in north Toronto
100 McLevin Ave. Ste 4A
Mon. to Thurs. and Sat. 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
• Registration by appointment only
• Valid identification required
270 Gerrard St. E.
Last Sat. of the month, 12 – 4 pm
• You must arrive at least one hour prior to the food bank closing to register and bring identification, proof of address, income and expenses
Housing Connections manages the centralized waiting list for rent-geared-to-income (RGI) units. People who need affordable housing must apply through Housing Connections. Help with filling out the application is available from Housing Connections, or from Housing Help Centres. For applications and more information see www.housingconnections.ca or go to 176 Elm St., Main Floor or call 416-981-6111.
CERA is an Ontario-based non-profit human rights organization that promotes human rights in housing and challenges discrimination. CERA works to remove the barriers that keep disadvantaged individuals and families from accessing and retaining the housing they need. For more information call 416-944-0087 OR 1-800-263-1139 or www.equalityrights.org
Community Health Centres (CHCs) provide primary health care services and prevention programs. Keep in mind that most CHCs only provide services to people who live within their particular community and/or target populations. There may also be a waiting list for some services. CHCs can provide general medical services to people without an OHIP card, but they must meet eligibility guidelines. Contact the CHC directly for more information and to book an appointment.
Toronto Community Health Centres
Sixty-one percent of all Canadians say they personally know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted. This link contains links to a number of supports if you need help.
The Barbra Schlifer Clinic offers legal representation, professional counselling and multilingual interpretation to women who have experienced abuse.
The Jean Tweed Centre is a leading community-based organization that provides a safe and supportive environment for women with substance use, mental health and/or gambling issues.
One Family Law offers legal information – in plain language – on women’s rights under Ontario family law. Information is available in 14 languages.
If you are in an abusive relation and thinking of leaving you can get support and plan for your and your children’s safety. Resources
Sound Times is a member-driven consumer/survivor initiative providing mental health support services in downtown Toronto.