The H.O.M.E Program was developed to improve the health outcomes and health equity of highly marginalized individuals by providing health services to people where they are at: shelters, encampments, housing, and in other community settings.
The program is a collaborative approach between the London InterCommunity Health Centre (LIHC), Middlesex-London Paramedic Service (MLPS), Addiction Services of Thames Valley (ADSTV), and Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC).
The inter-disciplinary team will provide primary care, harm reduction, support with substance use, basic needs, and wrap-around care services at various sites across the city. Two days a week, services will be offered from a Middlesex-London Paramedics Service Special Operations Bus that has been outfitted to deliver multiple health services. An emergency support SUV will be deployed three days a week to assist the H.O.M.E team in providing care to clients.
The program aims to engage individuals who face barriers to accessing traditional models of care in harm reduction, stabilizing healthcare, and comprehensive care services. Partners will work collaboratively from an anti-oppression, anti-racism, health equity framework anchored in a participant-led approach.
The HOME Program receives financial support from the Government of Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program. Financial support for the HOME Program is also provided by Ontario Health West.