>Celebrating 25 Years
Celebrating 25 Years2019-04-04T09:07:04-04:00

It’s been 25 years since Eva’s Place opened in North York, thanks to the advocacy of our founder, Eva Maud Smith. At the time, Eva was being told that there was no homeless youth in North York– but she knew better. Eva Smith’s advocacy was innovative as she challenged the traditional stereotype about who is homeless. Eva also understood that it was critical to keep youth connected to their schools and communities instead of sending them downtown to existing shelters. We’ve carried on Eva Smith’s legacy of innovation.

Timeline Infographic

25 Years of Ending Youth Homelessness

1923: Eva Maud Smith is born

1993: Eva’s Place ground-breaking ceremony

1994: Eva’s Place opens

1997: Eva’s Satellite established as Canada’s first harm reduction shelter for youth

2000: Eva’s Phoenix transitional housing and employment training facility opens

2001: Eva’s Family Reconnect Program piloted

2002: Eva’s Phoenix Print Shop launches

2003: Eva’s National Initiatives Program established to share best practices across Canada

2004: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation names Eva’s Phoenix a best practice in affordable housing

2006: Eva’s Mentorship Program screens “A Sheltered Life” documentary at New York Harlem Film Festival and wins award

2007: Eva’s Print Shop wins Toronto Foundation Vital Ideas Award

2010: Buzz Hargrove Youth Training Centre opens at Eva’s Phoenix to house technology and educational programs

2014: Eva’s Education Program established and Eva‘s Phoenix Rising Capital Campaign launches

2014: Eva’s Construction and Building Maintenace Program launches

2015: National Initiatives Program becomes new organization, A Way Home Coalition

2016: New Eva’s Phoenix facility opens at Waterworks Redevelopment site

2019: Eva’s launched YOUth Belong Program

Eva’s is an Award Winning Organization
  • 2018 Social Jury Frame Award
  • 2017 National Trust for Canada’s Ecclesiastical Insurance Cornerstone Award
  • 2017 OAA Design Excellence Award Winner
  • 2017 Canadian Green Building Awards, Interior Design Award Winner
  • 2004 Canadian Mortgage & Housing Corporation (CMHC) Housing Award, Best Practices in Affordable Housing
  • 2000 Design Exchange DX Award
  • 2000 Peter J Marshall Municipal Innovation Award of Excellence
Celebrate With Us

We’ve got lots of exciting things coming up for Eva’s 25th Anniversary Year!

End Youth Homelessness in the 6ix Exhibit

A myth-busting exhibit on youth homelessness, effective interventions, and innovations in affordable youth housing solutions.

Urbanspace Gallery
Daily Mon – Sat
Open until April 15