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For Immediate Release:
January 30, 2017
 
 

Region of Peel Opens New Shelter in Brampton to Support the Needs of Vulnerable Youth

BRAMPTON, ON (Jan 30, 2017) – The Region of Peel today opened a 30-bed shelter dedicated to serve the needs of male and female youth between 16 to 24 years of age.

"This is the first, dedicated youth shelter in Brampton; in addition to accommodation it will offer supports to assist youth in moving forward with their lives in a positive way", said Janice Sheehy, Commissioner of Peel's Human Services department.  (per JS)

Youth attending the new Brampton Queen Street Shelter will have access to a range of important services including:

  • Daily meals
  • Housing search assistance
  • Life-skills and employability training
  • Community-based referrals
  • Financial assistance
  • Health services
  • Professional supports
  • Aftercare support

The shelter will accommodate youth in two buildings and is located on the north-west corner of Queen Street and Goreway Dr. The proximity to public transportation makes services more accessible to youth in the City of Brampton and the communities of Caledon.

In April 2016, Regional Council endorsed the Region of Peel's recommendation to open a dedicated youth shelter in Brampton to continue to meet its goals of reducing poverty and increasing stable employment. The shelter will be open for a two-year period, which will allow the Region to further study how homelessness affects young people in the community and develop long-term solutions.

The shelter will initially house youth currently staying at adult facilities and will be accessible through the Region of Peel's online shelter access tool located at: https://www.peelregion.ca/housing/.

The Region of Peel is operating the facility in partnership with the Salvation Army and Our Place Peel. The Salvation Army will provide onsite services and programming for youth at the shelter, with Our Place Peel offering aftercare services.

Brampton Queen Street Youth Shelter Fact Sheet

3458 Queen Street East, Brampton, ON L6S 0A1
Tel.: 905-791-2334

Located at the north-west corner of Queen St. and Goreway Dr

  • In April 2016, Regional Council endorsed the opening of a new youth shelter in Brampton to meet the growing need across the Region.
  • While there is a dedicated youth shelter in Mississauga, Our Place Peel, and shelter beds for youth in adult facilities in both Brampton and Mississauga, the goal is to enable youth to move from adult shelters into environments more suited to their needs.
  • The location of the new shelter makes it more accessible to youth in the City of Brampton and the communities of Caledon.
  • The new shelter, located at the north-west corner of Queen St. and Goreway Dr. has two buildings that will accommodate up to 30 male and female youth, aged 16-24 years.
  • The shelter will open January 30, 2017, initially housing youth now staying at adult facilities and will be accessible through the Region of Peel's online shelter access tool located at: https://www.peelregion.ca/housing/.
  • The Region of Peel is operating the facility in partnership with the Salvation Army and Our Place Peel. The Salvation Army will provide onsite services and programming for youth at the shelter, with Our Place Peel offering after care services.
  • Youth attending at the shelter will be able to access a range of services including:
    • Shelter services
    • Housing search assistance
    • Access to financial assistance
    • Life skills and employability training
    • Access to health care services
    • Education continuation
    • Meal services
    • Recreation
    • Health services and referral
    • Social groups
    • Chaplaincy services
    • Aftercare support, family reunification
  • Individuals interested in volunteering at the new youth shelter should contact:
    the Salvation Army's-Volunteer Coordinator: Lucy Botchway at Lucy.botchway@tsapeel.ca

The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected community for life for more than 1.4 million people and approximately 143,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.

 

Media Contacts:

Leslie Moreau
Manager, Community Access, Human Services
Region of Peel
(905) 793-9200 ext. 8269

Joan Endersby
Communications Specialist
Region of Peel
(905) 791-7800, ext. 4655
Cell: (905) 872-4655


Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail


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www.peelregion.ca

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