Ottawa Inner City Health Inc. (OICH) aims to improve the health and access to health care for people who are chronically homeless. Our main function is to coordinate and integrate health care services so that homeless individuals can receive the same quality of health care as other Canadians. Health issues while homeless are often complicated by lack of housing, family support and care. In response OICH has special health care units which are located within local homeless shelters creating a safe environment where health care can be provided. These special units are staffed by personal support workers and supported by visiting nurses and doctors. They are operated through a partnership between the shelters. This model has been well accepted by homeless clients and supports health outcomes which are comparable to the Canadian standard.

Our Vision

A community in which individuals who are chronically homeless have equitable access to the supports and services they require for maintaining or improving their health.

Our Mission

The mission of OICH is to contribute to ending homelessness in the community by providing health care and improving the quality of life for people who are chronically homeless.

Our Service Philosophy

OICH Inc. is dedicated to treating clients with respect, compassion and dignity
The services of the OICH Inc are based on:

• A commitment to excellence in the provision of care to clients
• A commitment to innovation
• A commitment to collaboration and respect between all the partner 
  organizations and service providers who support the program
• A commitment to the responsible use of resources in keeping with the
  expectations of funders and the public
• A commitment to ending homelessness in our community
• A commitment to teaching, learning and research
• Creating a work environment in which staff are valued and respected and in
  which professional growth is nurtured