Vanauley Street YMCA
The Vanauley Street YMCA is located at 7 Vanauley Street, near Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue, on an 11,400 sq. ft. property (which has the potential to be 20,000 sq.ft) . It currently offers such supportive programs and services for at-risk youth as a drop-in centre, medical and counselling services, and employment programs. Rezoning has been approved which will allow us to move our current emergency shelter, YMCA House, into the Vanauley Street YMCA and make it a true Centre of 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 a unique opportunity deepen 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.
- 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%)