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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.

  • 416-408­-4357
  • TTY – 416-408-­0007

Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line: Telephone and online support, information and referral.

Toronto Public Health

AIDS and Sexual Health Information Line: Call to speak to a counsellor or to locate a nearby sexual health clinic.

  • 416-392-­2437
  • 1-­800­-668­-2437

The Works­ Need Exchange: Toronto Public Health’s needle exchange program also provides testing and immunization, condoms, methadone maintenance and referrals to other services.

  • 416-392­-0520

Telehealth: Registered nurses provide information and referral on health related issues. No health card required.

  • 1-­866­-797­-0000
  • TTY – 1-866-­797-­0007

FoodLink Hotline: For information on foodbanks and how to locate them

  • 416-392­-6655

Toronto Social Services: To apply for financial assistance.

  • 416-392-­8623
  • 1­-888-­465-­4478

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