Street Outreach in York Region
Crosslinks Street Outreach and Services Network is a comprehensive and coordinated network of services for the homeless in York Region. The network was formed in 2008 as a partnership of regional social service providers with the goal of ensuring a holistic approach to service delivery.
The Network brings together services including community outreach, housing, medical and addiction services, financial support, social and peer support, public health workers and a team of mental health specialists. Clients are able to receive support for basic needs and potentially life-saving services in a manner that fosters self-worth and dignity.
The goal is to provide each client with the fastest and easiest possible access to the support and services they need to help them take control of their lives, find housing, recover their dignity and independence, and begin their journey to health and stability.
For many participants, this program is a “point of entry” to the social services system. It continues to successfully help people move off the street into temporary and permanent housing and supports them in adapting to their new living environments.
Crosslinks Street Outreach and Services Network is lowering barriers and reducing isolation for a highly marginalized population.
Street Outreach Van
Central to the Network is the Crosslinks Street Outreach Van which, since 1998 has travelled more than 20,000 kilometres a year providing a critical link between people living outside in the Region, and the services they need.
The Crosslinks van operates seven days a week from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The van offers mental health and nursing assessment/care, crisis support, intervention and prevention, condoms, needle exchange, assistance in finding shelter and transport for first-time access to shelter, and survival supplies like food, clothing, sleeping bags, tarps and tents.
To reach the Van, call 905-853-3400 or 1-866-553-4053.
The Hub office located at 510 Penrose Street in Newmarket, offers drop-in support for clients and individuals referred by other agencies, as well as support services for van clients who voluntarily request more extensive support that the van cannot provide. The Hub also supports client activities such as meal programs, a writing group, and a variety of community-building activities.
For contact information, please visit the Contact Us page of our website and scroll down until you find the program you are looking for.