Eva’s Place is a 16-bed emergency shelter for homeless youth aged 16-24. It provides supports youth need to return home or to transition to housing in the community. It was the first youth shelter in North York, Toronto.
“While staying at Eva’s Place, they helped by giving me a safe place to live and study, allowing me to complete college and accept an offer for the full-time child and youth worker diploma program at Centennial College.” – Christina
Eva’s Place is home to the Family Reconnect program which offers proactive, long-term solutions to prevent and reduce homelessness by helping youth re-establish and maintain contact with their families. Its Early Intervention component supports families staying together rather than having at-risk youth enter the shelter system.
Over the years, we have seen a significant increase in the number of youth coming to our shelter with mental health issues. Finding the resources they need has become one of our biggest challenges. In order to expand our capacity to support these youth and give them what they need to succeed, we have fostered relationships with groups such as New Outlook and East Metro Youth Services that provide counselling and referral services. We also receive supports from Inner City Health Associates which provides our residents with access to a physician and psychiatrist to address their health and mental health needs.
Through the Independent Living Program, Eva’s Place provides a variety of life skills, education and employment related activities that help young people gain the skills they need to transition to community living. This includes workshops on cooking, financial literacy, job search, as well as assistance in obtaining identification and legal supports and help in finding and keeping housing.