Housing & After-Care Program

“Before I came here I was unable to find myself a home. The programs they had were very helpful, they taught me life skills such as budgeting. They even donated furniture to get me started. Even after I left I am still able to come back and receive food and personal care packages.”

-Jason, age 17

The Youth Without Shelter Housing Program workers focus on placing youth in permanent, affordable housing while addressing the obstacles faced by homeless youth that interfere with the achievement of independent and stable living conditions. Housing workers liaise with landlords and assist in housing searches and placements.

Education is provided to equip youth with the skills needed to acquire and maintain independent housing. Workshop topics include: eviction prevention, living with roommates, tenant rights, Ontario Works welfare process, how to apartment search, experience of living on your own, budgeting, cooking, personal hygiene and laundry, nutrition and meal planning on a budget.

Once housing is obtained, necessary referrals for furniture and household goods are provided. To ensure ongoing stability, the YWS After-Care Program offers support to former residents with laundry facilities, food bank access, housing counselling as needed, as well as a bi-weekly social program.

Contact the Housing & After-Care Program: 416.748.0110 ext. 27

The Housing Program Coordinator shares her thoughts:
“Where can I begin when telling others about my experience of being a housing worker? I have worked in the housing department at Youth Without Shelter for the past six years. Every day I am faced with new people with different struggles, who are looking for the guidance and support needed to find and maintain permanent housing. It is truly a heart­-warming experience when a former resident calls me, even years later, to just say hi, tell me how they are doing and let me know that they have not forgotten how we helped them.”

-Laura G.

By the numbers:

Youth moved to permanent housing: 
2013-­14: 89
2014-­15: 77
2015-16: 68

Housing meetings/assessments:
2013­-14: 923
2014­-15: 959
2015-16: 961

Youth returning for Supper Club:
2013­-14: 194
2014­-15: 375
2015-16: 355

Food and hygiene packages provided:
2013-­14: 491
2014­-15: 683
2015-16: 968