The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity tackling the most critical social issues in the GTA. For more than 170 years, we have been supporting communities with services and programs to boost well-being. In a typical year, our YMCA addresses the physical, social, and mental aspects of well-being through 700,000+ connections with youth, families and adults at 450 YMCA locations across the GTA community. YMCA has worked with youth experiencing extreme poverty and has supported youth experiencing homelessness since 1986.
YMCA Sprott House is a transitional house where 2SLGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness reside for up to two years. At Sprott House, twenty-five young people (ages 16-24) live together at a time, in a safe, welcoming home in the Annex neighbourhood of Toronto, and work to achieve housing stability and a healthy adulthood with the support of trained staff and the community. Everybody is welcome at Sprott House, regardless of gender identity and gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religious heritage, class, and/or ability. Opened in 2016, the House continually operates at full capacity. Last year, 42 young people experiencing homelessness who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ called Sprott House home. (safe onsite program in full operation during pandemic)