The YMCA of Greater Toronto was joined by Toronto Mayor John Tory and Councillor Joe Cressy to announce the start of transitional housing support services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning, Two-Spirited and Ally (LGBTQ2SA) homeless youth in Toronto at YMCA Sprott House.
Mayor John Tory is joined by local Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 20), Dr. Alex Abramovich, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Chair of the Annex Residents' Association David Harrison, and YMCA Chair Diane Sinhuber during the Jan. 14 announcement at YMCA Sprott House. Photo: Talia Noya/ YMCA of Greater Toronto
The largest of its kind and one of only a handful across the country, the 25-bed transitional housing program is the first of two programs for LGBTQ2S homeless youth in Toronto expected to open in 2016.
Toronto City Council approved funding for two LGBTQ2S youth shelters in Shelter Support and Housing Administration's (SSHA) 2015 Operating Budget, and selected the YMCA's proposal to provide transitional housing to LGBTQ2SA in Sprott House.
YMCA Sprott House offers a safe and welcoming environment LGBTQ2SA youth need to transition to a healthy adulthood. During their stay, youth will have access to a Case Manager, an Outreach Counsellor and other experienced youth workers who will help them develop personal goals as they prepare for independent living. Experienced staff who understand the personal and social barriers faced by the LGBTQ2SA community will help facilitate a tailored program, which aims to create a safe space that celebrates and affirms LGBTQ2SA identities where residents can gain an improved sense of self.
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