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 will be remodeled to include a homeless shelter as well as employment services and programs for at-risk youth.
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%)