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This page contains information about The Van program which serves Hamilton. For information about our Van program serving Haldimand, Norfolk, Brant County and Brantford please see The HNB Van Page 

 

Van Service Update: Due to COVID 19 and the temporary closure of our office, we are adding daytime shifts on The Van. The Van will continue to operate from 7pm-11pm every night, and additionally on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 11am-3pm, Thursdays from 11:30am-3pm. 

 

The VAN is a confidential service provided in partnership with Hamilton Public Health Services that travels anywhere in Hamilton and is available at a requested meeting spot. A mobile van will deliver new needles and harm reduction supplies and receive for safe disposal any used harm reduction supplies upon request.

If you are looking to contact THE VAN, please text or call (905) 317-9966.  We do not book through the website.

THE VAN operates 7 days a week, excluding holidays, from 7:00pm – 11:00pm

Please note, we advise service users of The Van and our onsite Harm Reduction Site to bring your own bags when you are able, as our supply of plastic bags is very limited

 

The Van Mobile Clinic

The Van also provides limited clinical services once a week. Staffed by nurses from Hamilton Public Health Services, the Van Mobile Clinic service provides the same services as The VAN, and additionally provides free sexual health services such as HIV testing, STI screening, Hepatitis C testing, and some first aid services.
 
The operating hours for The Van Mobile Clinic are Tuesdays from 2:30pm – 6:00pm. To arrange a meeting spot, call the regular VAN number at (905) 317-9966 

Other van services include

  • Information about safe injection
  • Referral cards for multiple services in the community including addiction counselling and detox
  • Everyone is encouraged to return used needles

The VAN has collaborative partnerships with community agencies such as:

The AIDS Network: Harm Reduction Team, Van Volunteers
Elizabeth Fry Society outreach staff
Harm Reduction Worker from PHS Mental Health Program
Public Health Nurses

To contact the Van, please call: 905-317-9966. You may call or text and we will contact you to make arrangements to meet with you.

Operates: 7 days a week (Monday-Sunday), 7pm – 11pm (excluding statutory holidays)

COMMUNITY POINTS

For safe disposal of sharps and other harm reduction supplies found in public locations or private property, please call our Community Points program at 905-546-2489

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