Long Term Housing Program

The long-term housing program is a stepping stone towards true independence. Recognizing that youth who have experienced significant difficulties during childhood or adolescence often require more than just a roof over their head, this program provides participants with access to affordable housing and to the support and services they require to make the transition to independent living.

Each tenant is assigned to a case manager who works with them to identify their needs and connect them with the appropriate services. Counsellors provide crisis intervention support, individual counselling, referrals to other community services and help setting and achieving personal goals, such as attending school or finding a job.

Every building has an active Tenant Resource Team that works to provide opportunities for tenants to get involved with their peers in an environment that respects and welcomes diversity. Activities may include seasonal celebrations, sports, movie nights, community kitchens, cultural celebrations, drag shows, queer nights, community gardening and youth engagement.

The long-term housing program has one-bedroom, two-bedroom and bachelor units available in buildings in the east, west and central Ottawa. All buildings are accessible via public transit. Rent is affordable, or geared to income (non-profit).

How to access the program

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Youth aged 16 to 21 who require support to live independently can get more information about the program and how to apply in person at the Drop-in or by contacting the program coordinator at the number below. Paper applications are available through the Downtown Services and Drop-in.

Contact: 613-241-7788 or info@ysb.ca

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Milo's Story

Every year when I was little, I’d think “this will be the year that everything will be okay”. And every year, I’d be crushed. By the time I was 18 I couldn’t take my dad’s drinking or my mom’s crying anymore, so I packed a knapsack with the warmest clothes I had and I left. It was freezing cold, and I was alone…but I was free.

The next few months were rough and at times very scary. I spent nights in parks, doorways and even under bridges all with just an old sleeping bag a friend had given me. One night it was so cold that I walked until the sun came up, afraid that I would freeze to death if I slept.

It took me awhile to get over the embarrassment to start asking people for money. But, it was swallow my pride or stay cold and hungry. After two weeks of doing this I learned about YSB. I didn’t know it then but, in that moment, my life changed for the better. I got connected to YSB’s Young Men’s Emergency Shelter and my first night in the shelter I slept 11 hours. I felt so safe and secure. I remember that moment clearly and I felt so hopeful I now have my own apartment in one of YSB’s long-term housing buildings, am attending college to become a graphic designer, and am working part-time to support myself.

“For the first time I can remember, I’m really excited about my future. Growing up I just thought about getting by one day at a time.” I hope my story conveys just how life changing it was for me to be able to access YSB’s shelter during a really difficult time in my life. The team at YSB supported me every step of the way, and I’m grateful they were by my side. I hope you’ll consider taking the opportunity to transform the life of another young person like me today.


*While Milo’s story is real his name has been changed to protect his privacy