This program offers young men aged 12 to 20 immediate access to safe housing. Open 365 days a year, the Young Men’s Shelter is always ready to welcome youth with nowhere else to turn. But the shelter is much more than a place to stay. Support is also available 24 hours a day. The shelter has 30 beds and offers both emergency shelter and transitional housing for up to a year.
Each participant discusses his unique situation with staff at the shelter, who work with him to identify his needs and connect him with the services he may need to achieve independence. Young men who lack family support are connected with youth workers who help them develop a full “community plan” and get the skills they need to live independently.
While participating in programs designed to help young men set goals and work towards them is encouraged, it is not necessary. All youth have the choice simply to have their basic living needs met, or to pursue opportunities to secure long-term housing and improve their lives.
The shelters also help young people remain healthy by offering information on sexual health and addictions, within a safe and non-judgmental environment.
Transitional housing can also be offered for stays of up to one year. These units give youth the opportunity to live semi-independently while they work towards their goals.
How to access the program
Young men in need of a place to stay can call the Young Men’s Shelter directly to inquire about availability. The shelter is centrally-located.
Coordinator: Taryn Walsworth