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If you are a youth (age 16-24) who urgently needs a safe place to sleep, please call our emergency shelter at 416.748.0110. Press 0.
Youth Without Shelter respects the integrity and individuality of all of our youth. Services are offered to each individual in a sensitive, nonjudgmental, and caring manner. YWS will make every attempt to ensure accessibility of our shelter and services to Transgender, Transsexual and Twospirited youth. YWS has a zero tolerance policy for any form of harassment or discrimination including but not limited to gender identity or sexual orientation.
YWS operates under the belief all homeless youth have the right to shelter regardless of political or religious beliefs, ethnocultural background, (dis)ability, gender identity and/ or sexual orientation.
Resources for Youth
Street Helpline: Information and referral helpline for people experiencing homelessness. Free of charge from any pay phone.
- Call 311
Kids Help Phone: Telephone and online counselling, information and referral.
Distress Centre of Toronto: Telephone crisis support and counselling.
- TTY – 416-408-0007
Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line: Telephone and online support, information and referral.
Toronto Public Health
- TTY – 416-392-0658
AIDS and Sexual Health Information Line: Call to speak to a counsellor or to locate a nearby sexual health clinic.
The Works Need Exchange: Toronto Public Health’s needle exchange program also provides testing and immunization, condoms, methadone maintenance and referrals to other services.
Telehealth: Registered nurses provide information and referral on health related issues. No health card required.
- TTY – 1-866-797-0007
FoodLink Hotline: For information on foodbanks and how to locate them
Toronto Social Services: To apply for financial assistance.
CERA Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation:
- 1-800-263-1139 ext 22
- TTY – 416-994-0087
www.equalityrights.org/cera – Assists people or groups facing discrimination in housing
Ontario Human Rights Commission:
Legal Aid Ontario: For eligibility criteria and list of offices.
For additional resources or information, phone 211 or log on to www.211toronto.ca