Addressing LGBT2SQ+ youth homelessness in Toronto has been a core concern since SOY’s inception in 1998. Staff creatively worked on finding safer housing solutions to address the over-representation of LGBT2SQ+ youth in Toronto’s youth homelessness population.
In 2004 SOY began its partnership with St. Clare’s Multi-Faith Housing Society to address LGBT2SQ+ youth homelessness through stable housing, a connection to community, and one-on-one support.
Given the challenging landscape of housing in Toronto and the negative impacts on newcomer and racialized youth, many or most of the youth housed through our program are racialized and/or newcomers.
As we celebrate our 20th anniversary and evolve to meet the ever-changing needs for safer, supportive housing, SOY’s housing partnership with St. Clare’s has evolved into an independent living housing model. This means that our Youth Resource Workers, SOY Facilitators, St. Clare’s partners and SOY/Sherbourne Health’s communities work with youth while they build upon their knowledge, skills and relationships so they can transition into independent living on their own terms.
Together, we provide:
Through our community health and well-being groups and our Goal-Planning Service (GPS), we support youth to be able to care for themselves and each other. Our programs and services:
For more information please contact Premal Laxman, Youth Resource Worker, SOY’s Internal Housing Program, at [email protected].