PEACH – Palliative Education and Care for the Homeless

PEACH is a supportive palliative service fostered by Inner City Health Associates (ICHA).  Aimed to meet the needs of homeless and vulnerably-housed patients with life-limiting illnesses, PEACH’s focus lies with the pain, symptoms and psychosocial goals related to each and every patient’s life’s end. PEACH operates as a “trailblazing” mobile unit, providing attentive care on the streets, in shelters, and with community-based service in collaboration with Toronto Central CCAC (Community Care Access Centre). 

Goals and Objectives

  • To provide quality early, integrated and safe palliative care for the homeless and vulnerably housed populations with a focus on prioritizing dignity for all
  • To support and be a resource to primary team members in:
    • providing end of life care
    • managing basic and complex symptoms
    • accessing medications on the PCFA
    • ongoing support for patients followed by the service
    • assistance in the navigation of palliative care resources
  • To educate and support mainstream palliative care services in Toronto to work effectively with homeless populations
  • To increase competency of community homeless agencies to support clients facing end of life
  • To advocate for accessible, high quality, early, integrated palliative care for homeless and vulnerably housed populations
  • To advance the body of knowledge for delivery of palliative care for homeless and vulnerably housed patients

Further Information

To learn more about how the PEACH project started, watch the TEDx Talk  by Dr. Naheed Dosani below.

For more information on the PEACH program or to submit a referral form, please email the PEACH Team’s Community Nurse and Coordinator, Sasha Hill, at 

PEACH in the Media

July 14, 2021

Trailblazing a Path to Quality Care: Canada’s Supportive Palliative Service for the Unhoused – Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (CTAC)

November 28, 2020

Global News 3-part series on PEACH during COVID-19

Toronto palliative care team sees caseload double since start of COVID-19
Toronto palliative patients on homeless spectrum confront new challenges due to COVID-19
Video: Patient roster doubles for Toronto palliative care team amid coronavirus pandemic

December 24, 2019

Good Wishes grants gifts to the homeless

Oct 4, 2018

Last Rights – Megaphone Magazine

Feb 20, 2018

Dr. Naheed Dosani receives Meritorious Service Cross Governor General Award

Governor General to Present Honours to “trailblazer” Dr. Naheed Dosani

June 8, 2017

CBC Superior Morning:  Homeless & Sick

January 21, 2017

CBC The National: Delivering care to Toronto’s homeless

January 17, 2017

CBC News:  Doctor hits the road to deliver palliative care to Toronto’s homeless

January 17, 2017

CBC News Morning Live: Palliative Care for Toronto’s Homeless

January 17, 2017

CBC News:  Doctor hits the road to deliver palliative care to Toronto’s homeless

January 5, 2017

USA TODAY: Mobile team offers comfort care to homeless at life’s end

July 22, 2016

Homeless Hub Blog Post: How do people experiencing homelessness get palliative care?

May 6, 2016

Nurse Helps Homeless Die with Dignity

October 29, 2015

A PORT in the Storm

April 5, 2015

CBC Radio, Tapestry: What’s a life worth?

February 18, 2015

Juxtaposition Magazine: PEACH program provides compassionate palliative care for city’s homeless

August 13, 2014

Global News: Interview with Dr. Naheed Dosani

August 7, 2014

Radio Canada International: Palliative care doctors working to aid homeless

August 4, 2014

CTV News: Palliative care for the homeless: Mobile program brings comfort and treatment

August 3, 2014

Global News: PEACH program provides mobile palliative care for Toronto’s homeless

City News Toronto: Dying homeless find treatment, comfort through mobile palliative care program

CTV News: Mobile palliative programs give “end-of-life care” to homeless

Toronto Star: Palliative care program helps homeless in their final days

July 30, 2014

Health Canal: Palliative home care for the homeless