Fife House

Fife House
Toronto People with AIDS Foundation

Toronto People with AIDS Foundation

September 29, 2010 07:00 ET

Fife House Responds to Wellesley Fire

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2010) - Fife House, Canada's largest provider of supportive housing and support services to people and families with HIV/AIDS, and the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA) are assisting with response efforts to clients and residents affected by the recent fire at 200 Wellesley St. Approximately 150 – 200 current and past clients are estimated to have been housed in the building.

Space has been made available at Fife House for the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation to set up an emergency response centre for displaced residents. Fife House and PWA staff are also helping with housing issues as needed and additional support from counselors with the AIDS Bereavement and Resiliency Project of Ontario is available for those experiencing stress and anguish over this latest loss.

While short term assistance is being provided by the City and Toronto Community Housing Corporation, PWA and Fife House project that in the medium to long range, much more help will be needed by our clients to re-establish their living arrangements. Household items, food vouchers and new clothing will be required, as well as re-establishing financial support systems and possible re-location.

Fundraising events such as this Thursday's Spotlight – Unplugged, will provide funds for items such as beds, bedding and groceries that will be needed in the coming weeks and months. "Efforts by a variety of agencies are attempting to meet immediate needs and concerns." says Keith Hambly, Executive Director of Fife House. "We are committed to ensuring that our clients affected by this tragedy get the continued help they need, especially given the challenges they face living with HIV/AIDS and the negative effects of instability on their health."

About Fife House

Fife House Foundation, a registered charity and community run organization, recognizes that access to secure and affordable housing is a key determinate for the health and well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS. Fife House works closely with people and families to ensure that affordable housing and support services, promoting healthy lifestyles and social well being, are provided to assist people living with HIV/AIDS. Fife House operates four residences that offer 24-hour support services through a network of over 300 qualified staff and volunteers. In 2009, the agency assisted more than 500 persons and families. More information can be found at: www.fifehouse.org.

About Spotlight

Started in 1999, Spotlight is a fundraising campaign that supports the Fife House mission to provide affordable housing and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS in Toronto. Originally called Rhythms For Life, the fundraiser has traditionally involved community-based talent and silent auctions to bring support to persons living with HIV/AIDS. Spotlight has been part of Fife House fundraising events along with A Taste For Life' and 'Performers For Life' As Spotlight evolves it continues to be a corner stone event that benefits Fife House through the performing and fine arts. To attend SPOTLIGHT! this September 30th and to find out more, please go to: www.spotlightfife.com.

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