City and SACY Support Youth Experiencing Homelessness

1-Dec-2020

Youth experiencing homelessness can access additional support in the downtown at the Sudbury Action Centre for Youth (SACY) Warming Centre and Temporary Youth Shelter.

“Services for our young people experiencing homelessness are very important,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger. “It’s up to us, as a community, to support them through difficult times, and to provide a safe, warm, welcoming place to stay on a cold night. I want to thank the passionate staff at SACY for helping us protect the health and safety of our vulnerable youth.” 

The City is providing $175,000 to the SACY Youth Warming Centre and Temporary Youth Shelter, which will be open seven days a week, from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. until the end of April. The shelter includes four beds and seating for 10, and is open to youth ages 16 to 24.

"As a low barrier youth service in our community for the past 30 years, we are very excited to be expanding to support youth needs overnight," said SACY Executive Director Julie Gorman.

SACY is an agency that offers support to youth through a safe place to stay, and programs and activities aimed at helping them flourish and grow. For more information, visit www.sacy.ca 

About Other City Homelessness Initiatives:

The Off the Street Emergency Shelter at 200 Larch St. is also open evenings, seven days a week, from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. It provides a warm place to sleep with light refreshments, outreach and referral services to individuals who are homeless. For more information, visit https://sm.cmha.ca/programs-services/off-the-street-emergency-shelter/.

The City is funding an overnight warming centre at the YMCA, which opened November 16 and offers a safe, comfortable, warm place for people to visit, with access to washrooms and light refreshments. It’s open seven days a week, from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. For more information on the overnight warming centre, call the YMCA at 705-674-8315.

The City, in partnership with the Centre de santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury (CSCGS) and the Homelessness Network, opened a daytime drop-in warming centre at 19 Frood Rd. in early October. The program operates seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. until May 31, 2021. For more information on the Day Centre, visit https://santesudbury.ca/2020/09/30/communique-bilingue-centre-jour/.

For more information on homelessness programs and services offered by the City of Greater Sudbury, visit https://www.greatersudbury.ca/live/community-housing/housing-services/homelessness-initiatives/.