A PATH to Safety

Each year, approximately 300 babies are born to people experiencing homelessness in Toronto.

A PATH to Safety

A PATH to Safety

Drawing on qualitative data from a research study conducted with 25 pregnant individuals who have experienced homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto, Canada, this video describes some of the challenges they face including: barriers accessing safe shelter, frequent relocation, violence, surveillance by the welfare system, and dealing with stigma and discrimination.

The video was created by the MATCH (Midwifery and Toronto Community Health) Program at South Riverdale Community Health Centre (SRCHC) in partnership with the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU). Data was provided by TMU and Toronto Public Health, and a network of frontline providers known as Young Parents No Fixed Address.

The SRCHC MATCH Program offers a range of services related to pregnancy, miscarriage and abortion care, as well as housing support, counseling and resource navigation. Services are free for anyone who lives in Ontario and OHIP health insurance is not required. If you are seeking care or would like to refer a client, please visit the MATCH Program page for more information.

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Please join us in this important conversation as we work towards creating a safer, compassionate and more equitable society for all. If you are pregnant and facing homelessness in Toronto, Canada, please visit Young Parents No Fixed Address for a list of resources.

For more information on this research study, please contact Dr. Barbara Chyzzy at [email protected].


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