Housing & After Care Program2019-05-10T13:11:27+00:00

Housing & After Care Program

THE NEED

31.4%

of homeless youth surveyed were chronically homeless (>1 year), meaning they were continuously homeless for more than one year.*

60%

chronic homeless have been homeless > 3 years*

1.9%

rental vacancy rate and 90,000 waiting list for affordable housing in GTA.

75.9%

of homeless youth have experienced multiple episodes of homelessness.*

*Source: Without A Home: National Youth Homelessness Survey

“I had to leave home for my own survival, I was being physically assaulted by my father and my brother. I ame to YWS as someone who was working but homeless. No one had any idea where I worked that I was homeless. I arrived at work in professional clothes like everyone else. I was very focused on getting a second job to save for first and last month rent.”

— Past YWS resident

The trend for demand for YWS after-care services at YWS was more than doubling annually.

2012-2013

99 Aftercare
Supports

2013-2014

491 Aftercare
Supports

2013-2014

1,361 Aftercare
Supports

HOUSING & AFTER CARE SUPPORT

(PROVIDED FROM 2010-PRESENT UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED)

8,600

Individual housing
meetings/assessments

9,095

After Care Supports
(includes food/hygiene packages, counseling sessions, and meals/activities)

840

After Care supports distributed:

840

After Care supports distributed:

46% food packages
44% hygiene packages
9% “On the Move” packages

46% food packages
44% hygiene packages
9% “On the Move” packages

50%

Case load from former residents now 50% up from 25% before 2017

“Before I came here I was unable to find myself a home. YWS programs 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.”

— Past YWS resident

OUTCOMES

680

youth moved to
independent living

680

youth moved to
independent living

“I didn’t have the tools for what I needed to do. Now I have hope for the future. I have my own place to live now.”

— Past YWS resident

SHORTFALLS

“The greatest challenges we face are a lack of affordable housing combined with many forms of discrimination; extensive Rent Geared to Income housing waiting lists, and a lack of support and suitable housing for youth with special needs.”

— Laura Galloro,
YWS Housing & After Care Program Co-ordinator