The Region of Peel’s first youth shelter at Goreway Dr. and Queen St. in Brampton was filled to capacity on its first day, Monday Jan. 30.

The shelter accommodates youth in two buildings, one for males the other for females and has 30 beds, with the ability to expand to 38 beds. The location at the former 7&7 motel has good proximity to public transportation that makes it more accessible to youth in the City of Brampton and the communities of Caledon.

Onsite services and programs at the shelter are being delivered by the Salvation Army. Our Place Peel, which operates a shelter in Mississauga, is providing youth outreach and after care supports.

Youth will have access to a range of services including:

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

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.