Health and Homelessness in London

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London is facing a dire health and homelessness crisis.

To address this crisis, a collective of community experts across sectors have designed a system response that is a first of its kind in London, and unique in Ontario. That group included more than 200 individuals representing nearly 70 local organizations in community health and social services, institutional healthcare, education, emergency services, business and economic development, land and housing development and multiple levels of government.

The Whole of Community System Response will support the entire community – those who are most marginalized, those working in the system, and those trying to provide support, including businesses and community members who also experience the impacts of this crisis.

View frequently asked questions to learn more about the response.



Hubs and the Hubs Implementation Plan

The Whole of Community System Response includes a new network of multiple, purpose-designed locations offering comprehensive services to help the most marginalized unhoused Londoners move safely indoors, stabilize, access supports and become sustainably housed. Following Council endorsement of the Hubs Implementation Plan in July 2023, the City began a competitive procurement process to identify lead agencies and proposed locations for the first five Hubs.

Engagement opportunities on London’s Whole of Community System Response to the health and homelessness crisis continued at the end of August, giving Londoners more opportunities to ask questions and provide feedback on the Hubs Implementation Plan. Residents could attend one of five in-person sessions taking place between August 30 and September 7. Feedback was also collected through this webpage.

A report was then prepared by the City about health and homelessness and the procurement process to identify lead agencies to operate Hubs. The report can be reviewed online.

The report was discussed at a Special Meeting of the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee on September 25 and then at a Council meeting on October 5, 2023. At this Council meeting, London City Council approved the first three Hubs, marking a significant leap forward in addressing the health and homelessness crisis. The approval of these first Hubs marks the next step in the implementation of the Health and Homelessness Whole of Community Response and a new, system-wide approach to ending homelessness in our city. A recording of this meeting can be viewed below on this webpage.

The Hubs are designed to provide wrap-around care and a host of services for unsheltered individuals with the most complex needs, focusing on three of the priority populations identified in the Hubs Implementation Plan: Indigenous individuals, youth, and women and female-identifying individuals. As comprehensive centres, the Hubs will offer around-the-clock services, encompassing supports such as food, shower, laundry facilities, rest areas, income support, integrated care planning, healthcare, and a suite of services designed to help individuals transition into stable housing.

The first Hubs are as follows:

  1. Atlohsa Family Healing Services Hub: This Hub, aimed at supporting Indigenous individuals, will be located at 550 Wellington Road. Scheduled to open in December 2023, it will provide wrap-around services for 10 respite beds and 18 transitional rooms.
  2. Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) Hub: Geared towards assisting youth in need, this Hub will be situated on two sites: the first, at 800 Commissioners Road East, will offer services for 6 respite beds and 9 transitional rooms. The second site will provide accessible primary care and will open at Joan’s Place downtown once completed. YOU anticipates helping up to 60 youth annually, leaning on a wide range of services including shelter, life skills development, and a gamut of housing supports based on the individual needs of each participant.

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and CMHA Thames Valley had also been selected to provide a Hub serving women and female-identifying individuals at a multi-site Hub. The proposal included two sites (705 Fanshawe Park Road West and 556 Dundas Street), which were evaluated and awarded as a single bid submission under the formal public procurement process. On November 6, 2023, CMHA Thames Valley announced that it was no longer able to proceed with its Hub proposal due to circumstances beyond its control.

The Hubs will be primarily funded by provincial dollars already allocated to the City under the Homelessness Prevention Program, in the amount of $10.4 million, spread over two years. A request will also be made to the Fund for Change in the amount of $4.9 million to open and $5.2 million to operate the Hubs over the two years. There will be no tax levy implications resulting from the implementation of these Hubs.



Next steps

Community members in the vicinity of the new Hub locations will be engaged by the lead agencies to learn more about the hubs and how they can provide feedback for a smooth transition for Hubs into their respective neighbourhoods. Feedback can also be shared on this webpage.

With the implementation of the first Hubs, the City will also continue to work with sector and community members to establish highly supportive housing which is also a critical element of the Whole of Community System Response.



The Movement for Change

Follow along with the Movement for Change, get involved, and sign-up for updates about London's system response to the health and homelessness crisis. Visit movementforchange.ca to learn more about the important work to save lives and strengthen the community.


London is facing a dire health and homelessness crisis.

To address this crisis, a collective of community experts across sectors have designed a system response that is a first of its kind in London, and unique in Ontario. That group included more than 200 individuals representing nearly 70 local organizations in community health and social services, institutional healthcare, education, emergency services, business and economic development, land and housing development and multiple levels of government.

The Whole of Community System Response will support the entire community – those who are most marginalized, those working in the system, and those trying to provide support, including businesses and community members who also experience the impacts of this crisis.

View frequently asked questions to learn more about the response.



Hubs and the Hubs Implementation Plan

The Whole of Community System Response includes a new network of multiple, purpose-designed locations offering comprehensive services to help the most marginalized unhoused Londoners move safely indoors, stabilize, access supports and become sustainably housed. Following Council endorsement of the Hubs Implementation Plan in July 2023, the City began a competitive procurement process to identify lead agencies and proposed locations for the first five Hubs.

Engagement opportunities on London’s Whole of Community System Response to the health and homelessness crisis continued at the end of August, giving Londoners more opportunities to ask questions and provide feedback on the Hubs Implementation Plan. Residents could attend one of five in-person sessions taking place between August 30 and September 7. Feedback was also collected through this webpage.

A report was then prepared by the City about health and homelessness and the procurement process to identify lead agencies to operate Hubs. The report can be reviewed online.

The report was discussed at a Special Meeting of the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee on September 25 and then at a Council meeting on October 5, 2023. At this Council meeting, London City Council approved the first three Hubs, marking a significant leap forward in addressing the health and homelessness crisis. The approval of these first Hubs marks the next step in the implementation of the Health and Homelessness Whole of Community Response and a new, system-wide approach to ending homelessness in our city. A recording of this meeting can be viewed below on this webpage.

The Hubs are designed to provide wrap-around care and a host of services for unsheltered individuals with the most complex needs, focusing on three of the priority populations identified in the Hubs Implementation Plan: Indigenous individuals, youth, and women and female-identifying individuals. As comprehensive centres, the Hubs will offer around-the-clock services, encompassing supports such as food, shower, laundry facilities, rest areas, income support, integrated care planning, healthcare, and a suite of services designed to help individuals transition into stable housing.

The first Hubs are as follows:

  1. Atlohsa Family Healing Services Hub: This Hub, aimed at supporting Indigenous individuals, will be located at 550 Wellington Road. Scheduled to open in December 2023, it will provide wrap-around services for 10 respite beds and 18 transitional rooms.
  2. Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) Hub: Geared towards assisting youth in need, this Hub will be situated on two sites: the first, at 800 Commissioners Road East, will offer services for 6 respite beds and 9 transitional rooms. The second site will provide accessible primary care and will open at Joan’s Place downtown once completed. YOU anticipates helping up to 60 youth annually, leaning on a wide range of services including shelter, life skills development, and a gamut of housing supports based on the individual needs of each participant.

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and CMHA Thames Valley had also been selected to provide a Hub serving women and female-identifying individuals at a multi-site Hub. The proposal included two sites (705 Fanshawe Park Road West and 556 Dundas Street), which were evaluated and awarded as a single bid submission under the formal public procurement process. On November 6, 2023, CMHA Thames Valley announced that it was no longer able to proceed with its Hub proposal due to circumstances beyond its control.

The Hubs will be primarily funded by provincial dollars already allocated to the City under the Homelessness Prevention Program, in the amount of $10.4 million, spread over two years. A request will also be made to the Fund for Change in the amount of $4.9 million to open and $5.2 million to operate the Hubs over the two years. There will be no tax levy implications resulting from the implementation of these Hubs.



Next steps

Community members in the vicinity of the new Hub locations will be engaged by the lead agencies to learn more about the hubs and how they can provide feedback for a smooth transition for Hubs into their respective neighbourhoods. Feedback can also be shared on this webpage.

With the implementation of the first Hubs, the City will also continue to work with sector and community members to establish highly supportive housing which is also a critical element of the Whole of Community System Response.



The Movement for Change

Follow along with the Movement for Change, get involved, and sign-up for updates about London's system response to the health and homelessness crisis. Visit movementforchange.ca to learn more about the important work to save lives and strengthen the community.

Page last updated: 26 Jan 2024, 04:57 PM