Horizons for Youth is a shelter for at-risk and homeless youth aged 16-24 in Toronto. 

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Our Mission

To shelter, prepare and guide homeless and at-risk youth to achieve wellness and become contributing community members


A sharing and growing community where everyone has a home.

Horizons has provided me with a safe place to rest my head at night when I have had nowhere else to turn. The staff provide life skills to each resident in their own unique ways. They take the time one on one to see how they can better your situation. Furthermore, there are an advanced number of resources that have helped me to obtain the rest of my high school credits and pursue a job according to my interests. I like the programs at Horizons. The staff cater to each and everyone’s different needs, they listen, reach out, sit down and actually listen to your problems. If it weren’t for Horizons, I think I would be on the streets, in jail or possibly dead. Horizons gives hope and a chance to those who are down on their luck
— David, former resident, age 21

What We've Achieved

  • Horizons for Youth offers 24 hour intake services, 365 days a year, to ensure that young people in need of a safe place to stay can access one at all times

  • Horizons for Youth provided shelter, food and programs to 622 youth in 2017

  • Through our Residential Program, Community Support & Aftercare Program, and Community Kitchens, Horizons for Youth serves over 40,000 meals annually

  • The average length of stay at Horizons for Youth is 3 months

  • Horizons for Youth offers hundreds of workshops and field trips each year, which help our youth gain the skills needed to live independently

  • Every year, over 300 volunteers donate their time to Horizons for Youth

  • Our staff make hundreds of referrals each year to employment agencies, school programs, mental health supports, and addictions services

  • In 2017, we provided 15,725 safe bed nights (a bed night is a measure of occupancy with each bed filled per night representing one bed night)