Homeless and Harm Reduction
Our Harm Reduction room provides a safe and welcoming environment for people to discuss safer drug use and safer sex practices, and/or get referrals to programs and other supports at our centre and in the community.
We provide a range of harm reduction supplies, materials, and equipment including safer injection and smoking equipment and Naloxone.
The Fixed Site of the RPCHC Harm Reduction program is located at 465 Dundas Street East on the ground floor.
Overdose Prevention and Response Training
These workshops are conducted by Harm Reduction Workers from RPCHC. Their primary focus is on Opioid overdose and overdose prevention.
If you are an agency or group who work with or come in contact with people at risk of overdose, please feel free to contact us to book a workshop
Who is the training for?
- Front line CTS/OPS/SIS workers
- Harm Reduction/Outreach workers
- Shelter and Drop-In Workers
- People who use drugs
- The public or anyone who feels they would benefit from this information
- Harm Reduction Approaches
- When to call 911 and the good Samaritan
- Overdose Act
- Recognizing ODs, Opiates-Respiratory depression
- Grand mal seizures, overamping
- Fentanyl muscle rigidity and Atypical Overdose
- What to do for an overdose
- Naloxone training
- Airway management and rescue breathing
- When to use chest compressions
- AED deployment
- Pulse checking
- Recovery position
- Running various overdose scenarios with manikin and audience
465 Dundas St. E.
Monday: 9am – 7:30pm
Tuesday: 12pm – 7:30pm
Wednesday: 9am – 7:30pm
Thursday: 9am – 7:30pm
Friday: 9am – 5pm
416-203-4506 ext. 2283
Women’s Drop-In Program
The Women’s Harm Reduction Drop-In is a sex-work positive program for women, trans and non-binary people who use drugs.
The program offers open discussion, harm reduction education and support and access to health care and case management resources. The group engages in group activities as well as educational workshops, art projects, guest speakers and discussion. Breakfast is served.
Community Needle Pick Up
RPCHC provides information and training to individuals who use drugs on how to safely dispose of syringes and drug use equipment.
We provide sharps containers for individuals to safely store their used drug use equipment until they can return it to an appropriate location. There are 22 needle drop boxes in areas across the city, including one located outside our 465 Dundas Street East main site. These drop boxes allow people to safely dispose of drug use equipment at any time.
In our harm reduction and CTS programs, we promote safe disposal and spread awareness of needle exchange programs and resources. RPCHC also responds to reports of inappropriately discarded drug use equipment in the community. We are also part of a broader community response to inappropriately discarded drug use equipment in the downtown east.
Ground Floor Social Work / Case Management
The ground floor social worker team works with community members who are experiencing homelessness and who require case management support, supportive counselling and/or individual advocacy.
Individuals interested in meeting with the ground floor social workers can drop in on Wednesday morning for the WOW clinic or can call for more information.
465 Dundas St. E.
Monday: 9am – 5pm
Tuesday: 12pm – 5pm
Wednesday: 9am – 5pm
Thursday: 9am – 5pm
Friday: 9am – 5pm
Danielle Koyama / Fiona Husband
Shower/Laundry and Support
We provide a daily shower and laundry program on a first-come-first-serve basis for clients who are homeless.
Clients need to register with staff and are limited to one load of laundry per week.
465 Dundas St. E.
Monday: 9am – 3:30pm
Tuesday: 12pm – 3:30pm
Wednesday: 9am – 3:30pm
Thursday: 9am – 12pm (women), 12pm – 3:30pm (coed)
Friday: 9am – 3:30pm
W.O.W. (Wednesday One-Stop Walk-in)
W.O.W. (Wednesday One Stop Walk-in) is a program designed to increase access to a wide range of health care services for vulnerable and homeless clients.
People who are homeless, marginally housed, seniors with cognitive impairment and people with mental illness sometimes have difficulty keeping scheduled appointments. This program gives them access to services such as clinical care with physicians, nurses/nurse practitioners, case management / social work and housing, without a prior appointment and minimal waiting time.
465 Dundas St. E.
Wednesday: 9:30am – 11:30am
W.O.W (Wednesday One-Stop Walk-in)
Housing Support Worker
The housing support worker provides culturally sensitive support, primarily to immigrants and newcomers, homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Services include assistance in applying, accessing and maintaining housing, short-term case management, advocacy (individual and systemic), assistance with income support and housing referral information.
Our housing worker collaborates with other agencies to provide housing supports, develop and maintain partnerships with housing providers, such as TCHC, to support recently housed and prospective tenants.
465 Dundas St. E.
Monday to Friday: 9:00am – 5:00am
Street Harm Reduction Outreach
The community outreach worker and harm reduction worker connect with homeless clients to develop ongoing relationships, assist with information and provide individual advocacy, resources, referrals, as well as short-term and long-term support to individuals living on the street.
Our outreach worker can help with a range of issues, including housing, income supports, medical referrals, access to harm reduction supplies and support to deal with drug or alcohol abuse.
Daytime and evening outreach times
Calvin Henschell/Lindsay Windhager
Women’s Art Afternoon
The women’s art afternoon is a weekly community art project that allows women who share the common experience of poverty and homelessness to engage in art-making within an open studio concept.
The program provides a wide range of art activities in a supportive environment. The program is offered at the Adelaide Resource Centre for Women.
Adelaide Resource Centre for Women,
67 Adelaide Street E., 3rd floor
Thursday: 1:30 pm – 4 pm
Informal Intake: new clients must be currently homeless
Health Card and Identification Replacement Clinic
Identification is necessary to apply for subsidized housing and income assistance programs (such as Ontario Works), receive appropriate health care and access many other programs and services in Canada. The health card and identification replacement clinic is a joint partnership with the Street Health Community Nursing Foundation on the third Wednesday of every month.
Staff is available to process birth certificates, ‘record of landing’ (ROL), social insurance number cards and help you replace your health card.
465 Dundas St. East
Please check-in with 1st-floor Reception for location
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month: 10am – 12pm
Consumption and Treatment Service (CTS)
During a time where the opioid emergency has taken the lives of over 4000 Canadians, the Regent Park Community Health Centre has expanded existing harm reduction services to include a Consumption and Treatment Service (CTS).
This service is intended to provide low barrier, life-saving harm reduction services in a stigma-free environment to help reduce the growing number of opioid-related overdose deaths.
- Supervised injection, oral and intranasal drug consumption
- Naloxone and overdose response training
- Distribution of harm reduction supplies
- Referrals to primary care, detox, drug treatment, and social services
- Accompaniments to appointments
- A weekly day for women, trans and non-binary individuals who use substances
- Peer support
- Healthy snack options
- Case management
- STI testing
465 Dundas St. East, 1st floor
Monday: 9am – 6:15pm
Tuesday: 12pm – 6:15pm
Wednesday: 9am – 6:15 pm
Thursday: 9am – 6:15pm (Women, Trans and non-binary day)
Friday: 9am – 3:15pm
What’s the deal with Women’s Day?
Every Thursday the CTS services are reserved for women, trans and non-binary individuals only. The CTS recognizes that individuals need safe spaces to use drugs and want to support everyone in meeting their needs.
For everyone’s safety and comfort we use the following guidelines to share the space:
- Women, trans and non-binary individuals have priority access to the injection room all- day
- Women, trans and non-binary individuals who are in the space already will not be asked to share the space with male-identified individuals at any time of the day
- Women, trans and non-binary individuals who want to be accompanied in the injection space by a male friend or partner for support or injection assistance can ask the staff about availability