There are many factors that contribute to one’s homelessness such as lack of affordable housing, mental or physical disability, decline in public assistance, job loss and economic changes. Many people come from families of abuse and have weak social ties, which also contribute to homelessness.
We receive partial funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term care and the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network. Periodically, we apply for external grants from foundations like the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Metcalf Foundation.
Yes. Our charitable number is provided through our sponsoring agency, Houselink Community Homes: 123109845RR0001
Yes there is a fee. We pay our members $60 per speaking engagement. 100% of revenue made from Dream Team presentations goes to our members, whose work we value tremendously.
We usually send a group of four (4) speakers at a time. Each speaker shares their personal lived experience with mental health and/or addiction issues to contribute to a multi-faceted, engaging presentation.
Each presentation lasts about 1.5 hours.
Supportive Housing is a combination of housing, services, and programs that help promote mental and physical health.
According to a 2008 City of Toronto staff report, a hospital acute inpatient bed costs the Province $1048/day, a psychiatric inpatient bed costs $665/day, incarceration costs $143/day and an emergency shelter costs $69/day. It costs the Province only $55/day to house someone who has experienced homelessness or mental illness in supportive housing.
The honesty with which the members of the Dream Team share their experiences with mental health and addiction issues is not only courageous, but invaluable to my students. In effect, the Dream Team provides the personal and structural context for my students to be effective in their eventual roles as nurses, social workers, childhood educators, nutritionists, teachers, et cetera
Sarah Jean Harrison