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LGBTQ+ Youth Homeless Shelter

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Simply Put...

We are recommending that City Council create a homeless shelter for LGBTQ+ youth.


LGBT-identified youth are the ones with the highest risk when staying in a homeless shelter. According to 2013 research by the Canadian Homelessness Research Network, about 25-40% of homeless youth between 16 and 26 years old are LGBT. While staying in shelters, these young people face homophobia due to their sexual orientation.

City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam has passed a motion creating a working group to compel Councillors to look into how the shelter system can be reformed to fight against this discrimination.

“The working group will look specifically at homophobia and transphobia in the shelter system and report back in the second quarter of 2014,” she says. “The working group will also report back on the feasibility of creating an LGBT youth shelter.”

This motion is to support funding in the 2015 City Budget to create an LGBT Youth Shelter in the City of Toronto.

Amplifying the Youth Voice

At their meeting on January 11, 2014, the Youth Council adopted a motion tabled by Youth Councillor Ali Chatur to support the creation of an LGBTQ+ youth shelter in Toronto.


Mary Zhu, Director of Social Development

Ali Chatur, Youth Councillor - Ward 29

André Fast, Youth Councillor - Ward 28

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