Vanauley Street YMCA

Much-needed programs, services and shelter all under one roof.

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 Alexandra 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.

Fast Facts

According to the Toronto Street Needs Assessment Survey (2009 / 2013)

  • 66.8% of the homeless population in the City of Toronto is located in the Toronto-East York Community Council District (this includes the Kensington/Chinatown neighbourhood). (Street Needs Assessment, 2009)
  • 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 (2009)
  • After shelters, drop-ins remain the service most used by homeless people (51.6%) (2009)
  • 20% of homeless people had used Streets to Home services in the past 6 months (2013)
  • More than any other group, youth shelter respondents are likely to be engaged in some form of fulltime (11%) or part-time employment (24%) but are still unable to secure housing.

Latest News

  • The Vanauley Street YMCA is now open! Take a tour of this incredible new facility which supports homeless and at-risk youth here.
  • Read about this incredible new YMCA in the Toronto Star here.
  • March 26 was the official groundbreaking for the Vanauley Street YMCA. Michael, a youth participant, shared his story. Read it here.
  • Learn more about our plans for Vanauley Street, and our other new buildings in the Toronto Star.

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