On Friday June 21st, YouthLink celebrated the opening of their new shelter for youth experiencing homelessness. The shelter, for people 16 years to 24 years old, contains 10 emergency and 41 long-term beds, including rooms for couples. It is Toronto’s only youth shelter with a dog kennel with space for at least six dogs, and with the opportunity for dogs to share the same room as their owner.
YouthLink opened their emergency shelter for youth this past week as the first part of a two stage opening that will see their transitional youth shelter open next month. The location is within a former warehouse that we converted to YouthLink’s offices 15 years ago, including the creation of a courtyard oasis in the centre of the building, which is surrounded by a low-rise, car-dominated suburban setting.
Hilditch Architect is proud to be the architect for the proposed 25 bed LGBT Youth shelter, “the first of its kind in Canada”.The Toronto Star reports
”A transitional home for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirited youth will open in the YMCA’s Sprott House, near Bloor St. and Spadina Rd., sometime between May and September, Ward 20 Councillor Joe Cressy has announced on his website.”