Vanauley Street YMCA
Our incredible 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 and construction is currently underway so that we can move our current emergency shelter, YMCA House, into the Vanauley Street YMCA and make it a true Centre of Community. The new Vanauley Street YMCA is expected to open October 2014.
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%)
- 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.