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Transitional Primary Care

We bring primary care to our patients in shelters and drop-ins through our outreach clinics. Our aim is to assist patients with their health & psychosocial needs and to help them navigate the social services & health system in order to transition to long-term care with a family physician in the community.

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Psychiatric Care

ICHA psychiatrists care for patients in shelters, respite centres and drop-in sites and through unique interdisciplinary outreach programs (CATCHM-DOT and MATCH) delivered by ICHA and homeless-serving-sector partners. They provide expertise in fields such as substance use, refugee and migrant care, and youth and adolescent psychiatry.

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Palliative Care

ICHA’s innovative PEACH program delivers palliative care to vulnerably housed people with life-limiting illnesses, providing services through mobile care in shelters and on the streets. ICHA is proud to be part of the partnership supporting Journey Home Hospice that improves access to hospice palliative care for Toronto’s homeless community.

About ICHA

In less than 15 years, Inner City Health Associates has become the largest homeless health organization in Canada, with 200 physicians and nurses offering Toronto’s homeless and precariously housed population with direct access to high-quality health services.

ICHA provides transitional primary care, psychiatry and palliative care, reaching people on the street and at shelter-based clinics, drop-in sites, encampments, COVID-19 isolation/recovery centres, and physical distancing hotels. ICHA aims to set the standard of excellence in homeless health service delivery and is dedicated to addressing deficits in the social determinants of health and to ending homelessness.

Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, ICHA works with the City, hospitals and community health and social support organizations to bring integrated care and support to the homeless community to improve individual and population health.


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Egregious encampment evictions violate human rights and pose health risks

June 25th, 2021

The evictions at Trinity Bellwoods Park this past Wednesday were executed with an unseemly use of force and without due regard for the human rights and health of encampment residents. …
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Inner City Health Associates Urges City to Act on Overdose Epidemic Advice

June 15th, 2021

The urgent need to implement new measures to reduce overdose deaths among its patients — and all people experiencing homelessness — prompted Inner City Health Associates (ICHA) to add its …
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Updated Statement by Inner City Health Associates: Toronto Homeless Encampments and the Right to Housing

June 3rd, 2021

In response to trespass notices being posted in parks with encampments in March, Inner City Health Associates (ICHA) released a statement on April 4th affirming our commitment to the right …
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A Message of Sorrow, Grief and Solidarity from Inner City Health Associates

June 2nd, 2021

Our thoughts and hearts are with the Secwepemc Nation and all Indigenous Peoples at this time of loss and mourning for the 215 children that were found buried in a …
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Historic expansion of ICHA clinical programs to bring primary care, mental health and palliative care services to Toronto’s homeless population at every city shelter

May 14th, 2021

It’s official. The Ministry of Health has approved ICHA’s proposal to double its Alternative Payment Plan (APP) base funding, ensuring that all people experiencing homelessness in Toronto’s shelters and streets …
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Statement by Inner City Health Associates: Toronto Homeless Encampments and the Right to Housing

April 4th, 2021

April 4, 2021 –  Since trespass notices were issued March 19th in encampments in Toronto, ICHA has been increasingly concerned about the current and potential impact on the health of …
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