Emergency Residential Program2019-03-17T16:19:02+00:00

Emergency residential Program

THE NEED

Estimates range from 900 to 2,000 GTA youth homeless every night with only 381 homeless youth shelter beds available.

1/3 of youth in national survey were chronically homeless (more than 1 year).

75.9% have experienced multiple episodes of homelessness; 36.9% have more than 5 episodes of homelessness.

Only 7.6% of Canadians report being the victim of a violent crime, compared with 59.6% of homeless youth who report violent victimization, including high rates of sexual assault and episodes of homelessness.

10.1%

of homeless youth born outside of Canada*; YWS is seeing +30% born outside of Canada

80%

Refugees seeking shelter increased 80% in 2016.*

*City of Toronto Homelessness Facts

85.4%

of homeless youth share that they have declining mental health with significant symptoms of distress.*

29.5%

identify as LGBTQ2S and are over-represented in the homeless youth population.

42%

of homeless youth report at least one suicide attempt; 35.2% one drug overdose requiring hospitalization.*

63.1%

have experienced childhood trauma and abuse.

*Source (unless otherwise stated) Without A Home: National Youth Homelessness Survey

“I resided at YWS for three months. I am astonished by the amount of support I received. I struggle with several mental health issues, and I have been to many different places. But, I have never been to one place that was so heart-warming and open to be patient with me in trying to find myself and create a brighter future.”

— Past YWS resident

EMERGENCY RESIDENTIAL SUPPORT

(PROVIDED FROM 2010-PRESENT UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED)

97,592

Secure bed nights

474,465

Meals/snacks provided

31,736

Case management/
counseling sessions

71,976

After care supports

8,841

referrals allow collaborate with more than 130 community partners to deliver service without duplication and leveraging others expertise (only recorded since 2013).

OUTCOMES

“You’ve given me hope. After living in shelters so long the concept of living on my own was kind of scary but knowing I’ll have on-going support once I’m on my own gives the confidence I need to be successful. You do more than build lives you save them.”

— Past YWS resident

“I appreciate everything you’ve done for me while I stayed here, but it’s time for me to move on and try being on my own. I don’t think it’s going to be hard because you’ve prepared me for my journey.”

— Past YWS resident

SHORTFALLS

“We definitely need more affordable/supportive housing, and access to mental health support for the youth that we serve. It is time for stakeholders to put their passion into action to end the revolving circle of chronic homelessness in Toronto”

— Ben Omoregie, YWS Operations Manager