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Launch of “Failing the Homeless” Report on Barriers to ODSP Access

12:30 p.m.

Regent Park Community Health Centre (main lobby), 465 Dundas Street East (south-east corner of Dundas East and Parliament)

Over the past year and a half Street Health, a community-based health
care organization working with homeless and underhoused people in
downtown Toronto, has been working on a research project exploring the
barriers to accessing ODSP for our clients, while at the same time
helping them to secure benefits.   The report, entitled
"Failing the Homeless: Barriers in the Ontario
Disability Support Program (ODSP) for Homeless People with
Disabilities," identifies key barriers and delays in the ODSP system
for homeless people. It also makes recommendations for how to improve
access to ODSP benefits for homeless people with
disabilities.   Among the many important project findings and
outcomes, these are some of the most staggering:

  • 100% of study participants were eligible for the ODSP, but 0% were receiving benefits when they enrolled in the project
  • 100% of eligible participants needed help accessing ODSP benefits
  • 100% of homeless participants who successfully secured ODSP benefits were able to secure housing

Please join us for the report launch to hear more about the project's
findings,
outcomes and recommended solutions for increasing ODSP
access.   Following June 20th, the Summary and Full reports
will be available on our website at http://www.streethealth.ca.
 
For additional information about the launch or the report please contact Erika Khandor at erika@streethealth.ca.