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Ottawa Inner City Health (OICH) is an organization that provides health care to the homeless and street communities.   OICH was created by the organizations who serve the homeless in Ottawa. In the summer of 1998, a group of managers who operated programs for the homeless met to discuss growing concerns about the health needs of people who were chronically homeless

 OICH and Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction is a public health approach that emphasizes reducing the harmful effects of drug and alcohol use among people who are currently unable to stop using. To every extent possible, the programs and services will embrace harm reduction principles.  For more information contact

Message from the Board Chair and Executive Director

2015-16 was a year of many firsts for Ottawa Inner City Health. We are so grateful for the strong and creative partners who work with us and the amazing dedicated staff who are there 24 hours a day. This year saw the roll out of our Chronic Palliative Care program, the opening of the new Rita Thompson Residence and an expansion to our TED program. A huge thanks to the funders, the partners and of course our clients for trusting in us.