Youth Housing

Housing, shelter and total support.

The YMCA has been providing housing and shelter for at-risk youth for decades. Whether it is family problems, trouble with the law, or just being locked out of the house, we’ll help you stay warm and safe, and get you the help that you need.

The YMCA is here to help.

  • YMCA Sprott House provides residential living for up to 25 young people between the ages of 16 to 24.
  • Vanauley Street YMCA is an incredible new facility that supports homeless and at-risk youth, and is a fully accessible facility
  • In 2014, we served more than 7,100 youth at our homeless drop-in centre and more than 1,100 participants between our transitional housing & homeless shelter spaces.


Vanauley Street YMCA

Emergency Shelter (formally known as YMCA House)

  • Our shelter has 40 beds and we provide harm-reduction and trauma-informed residential services to at-risk homeless young men, aged 16-24
  • Gender is self-identified, and the Vanauley Street YMCA is a trans-positive space
  • Vanauley Street YMCA also provides housing supports to enable youth to secure and maintain permanent, affordable accommodation
  • Staff provide support for youth to make positive changes under challenging circumstances
  • Contact us: We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and our services are free. If you or a friend needs some help, you can call us at 416-504-9700
  • Location and Directions to Vanauley Street YMCA
  • Declaration of Compliance (PDF)

Pre-Employment Development Program

  • Geared towards youth ages 18-24 receiving social assistance
  • This 12 week program introduces participants to career development and employment skills
  • Participants will also have access to individualized wraparound supports and onsite services

Employment Supports for Youth

  • Our employment supports for youth is a highly specialized, intensive employment program for homeless and at-risk youth ages 16-24
  • This 9-week program includes the following: assessment, program participation, action plan creation, and up to 12 weeks of post-program supports
  • Specialized supports (housing, transportation, substance use, access to food, mental health etc.) related to the needs of homeless youth, will also be provided to decrease barriers to participation

Drop-In Program (ages 16 to 24)

  • The drop-in program operates with several community partners to offer services to homeless, and street-involved youth ages 16-24
  • The goal of the drop-in is to provide a safe place where street youth can rebuild their trust in people and find services that can help them. These services include medical, mental health, employment, housing support and legal services

Outreach Program (ages 16 to 24)

  • Our Streets to Home program conducts street outreach to youth between the ages of 16-24 living in rough situations in the Trinity/Spadina and surrounding area

YMCA Sprott House

Eligibility, Location, and Services

  •  YMCA Sprott House first opened its doors in September 2007 and is one of the first LGBTQ2S+ transitional housing programs for youth in Canada
  • YMCA Sprott House provides one year of supported residential living for up to 25 young people between the ages of 16 to 24
  • Eligibility is determined through an application and interview process and participants are expected to participate in house activities as well as work with a Case Manager towards self-determined goals. Applications are currently open.
  • For inquiries, applications, or to be added to our distribution list, please email:
  • For more information about YMCA Sprott House, please call (647) 438-8383
  • Thanks to everyone offering their support to YMCA Sprott House. If you want to learn more about how you can help, please contact YMCA Sprott House directly at or donate now