We offer a variety of programs for youth between the ages of 16-24 who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. Our goal is to shift the focus from emergency shelter to prevention and housing options with support.
Our Prevention Diversion Youth Case Managers are the first point of contact for a youth who may find themselves homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and who are unsure of what options may be available to them. Our friendly staff works with the youth to explore their housing and support needs.
The goal is by working with a case manager the youth are able to develop a plan moving forward to find housing stabilization within the community.
“Youth Services helped me to get my apartment, take me to my appointments and get food. They gave me a job, which provided a reference letter; they supplied me with cooking programs. Before Youth Services, I was staying in a shelter with nothing and doing nothing.”
“I was lost, failing school and not living up to my expectations. Since having my own place, I graduated high school this past June!”
At Kingston Youth Services we offer a range of supportive housing for young people.
Approximately 30% of all homeless people in Canada are youth between the ages of 13-25
The longer a young person is entrenched in the street lifestyle, the harder it is to get off the street and move forward with his/her life.
Many of the chronically homeless adults we see on the street today began their homelessness when they were young.
25% – 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ2S.
30% of Indigenous youth are or have experienced homelessness.