It all starts with a safe place to sleep.
Youth make up the fastest-growing population of homeless people in Canada and their needs are changing, requiring longer stays and deeper support. Each year we offer assistance to approximately 200 youth through a variety of programs – each with a different means of accomplishing the same goal: ensuring homeless youth do not become homeless adults. Our services are available to homeless or precariously housed (“couch surfing”) youth between the ages of 16 – 24. We provide youth with the acceptance, empathy and support that they need in order to transition successfully into youth adulthood.
At Kingston Youth Shelter,HOMELESS does not mean HOPELESS
Youth who arrive at our doorstep come from all walks of life. There are many factors that may lead to youth homelessness such as family conflict, poverty, trauma, abuse, oppression, immigration, mental health, disability, additions or conflict with the law. With guidance from the trained professionals at Kingston Youth Shelter, youth can overcome these barriers and move on to live happy, healthy lives.
The longer a youth remains homeless, the greater the negative impacts.
Early intervention is critical. We have been working to end youth homelessness in Kingston since 1999.
We provide a supportive, stable environment, and the tools and life skills to help youth emerge from their immediate or ongoing housing crisis.
We believe that together we can reduce homelessness by giving youth the means to repair relationships at home or live independently during the transition to adulthood.