LGBTQ2S+ youth experience unique challenges. I know first hand that coming out is never easy and often families may not be accepting. Many find themselves, like I did, living on their own at an early age as a result. In 2013, the Toronto Street Needs Assessment report found that 21% of youth residing in youth shelters identified as part of the LGBTQ2S+ community. Toronto’s first transitional and emergency housing program for LGBTQ2S+ youth by Egale Human Rights Trust has now been established at 257 Dundas St. East.
With the support and fierce advocacy from the community, I allocated $1 Million from section 37 funds provided an essential investment, allowing this TCHC-owned building to be renovated and retrofitted. The new facility, when completed, will provide 30 needed spaces for homeless LGBTQ2S+ youth.
- New Toronto shelter gives LGBT youth a place to feel safe and loved, The Globe and Mail, May 27, 2016
- Second Toronto LGBTQ Transitional Home to Open in 2017, Torontoist, April 28, 2016
- Giving queer youth shelter, NOW Magazine, March 27, 2014