“I was walking across the street and this car from nowhere, ding, boom. I don’t remember hitting his dashboard; I remember hitting the ground. That’s all I remember,” she said.

Her shoulder was broken. Her body was bruised, and she had a gash above her left eye, but her only place to sleep that night was a yoga mat on the floor of a drop-in centre, she said.

It was five days before she got a bed in respite care, said Jessica Slotnick, a community health worker at Street Health, who’s worked with K.A. for about four years.