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Our incredible new Vanauley Street YMCA is located at 7 Vanauley Street, near Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue. This 11,400 sq. ft. facility is home to such supportive programs and services for at-risk youth as a drop-in centre, medical and counselling services, as well as an emergency shelter, It also offers employment services for youth and the surrounding Alexander Park community. 


With 66.8% of the homeless population of the City of Toronto located in the Toronto East-York Community Council District (which includes the Kensington/Chinatown neighbourhood), the Y has deepened its impact in this neighbourhood by offering a safe place for people to connect with the programs and services they need to reduce the effects of poverty.

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  • the overall number of homeless people in Toronto remains largely unchanged between 2006 (5,052) to 2009 (5,086)
  • the number of youth staying in shelters increased by 16.2% from 2006 to 2009
  • 51.8% of homeless people said they needed at least one addiction, health or mental health related service in order to help them find housing
  • after shelters, drop-ins remain the service most used by homeless people (51.6%)


Latest News

  • Read the latest progress about this incredible new YMCA here
  • The countdown is on! We can hardly wait for the doors of our Vanauley Street YMCA expected to open this fall. Find out more
  • March 26 was the official groundbreaking for the Vanauley Street YMCA. Michael, a youth participant, shared his story. Read it here
  • Demolition and construction have started! We’re working on adding an additional 3,000 sq ft to move our shelter into the facility.
  • Intact Foundation gives a generous gift of $500,000 to support the drop-in centre at Vanauley Street YMCA.
  • Learn more about our plans for Vanauley Street, and our other new buildings in the Toronto Star.
  • Opening targeted for 2014.

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