Community and Housing Services

If you or your family are struggling to meet some of your basic needs, you are not alone. We are here to help you feel safe and cared for. YSB community services are designed to provide food, shelter, safety, health services — and even a sense of belonging — for those who otherwise might go without.

Downtown Services and Drop-in

The Downtown Drop‑in provides a safe and welcoming place for youth living on the streets or in poverty. From here, youth can access a full range of services to help them address whatever challenges they face.

Housing and Shelter

Housing and shelter at YSB is much more than a place to live. We offer multiple services and housing programs to suit young people in a variety of life situations.

Ethno-Cultural Community Program

Operating out of the Downtown Services and Drop-in Centre, this program provides Ottawa’s immigrant and ethno-cultural youth and their families with crisis intervention support and referrals and improved access to community resources and services.


Hepatitis C (HCV) Prevention Education and Harm Reduction Program

This program provides information about Hepatitis C (HCV) and harm reduction through educational workshops and resources that are developed and delivered by program staff and youth.

Housing Plus services and Trusteeship

Available to all youth (aged 16-20) who need help finding and maintaining housing, this program ensures that young people’s needs are met and their rights are respected. Program staff also act as trustees for youth under the age of 18 who are recipients of Ontario Works benefits.

Youth Health Clinic

This drop-in health clinic provides youth with easy access to free primary health care services, such as medical, dental and sexual health clinics. Youth can also get help with mental health issues and addictions.

Young Women's Space

The Young Women’s Drop-in is a weekly group for young women in Ottawa to access the services they need in a casual and welcoming environment.