6 Warrendale Court
Toronto, ON M9V 1P9
Executive Director: Steve Doherty
Board Chair: Kerry McGrath

Charitable Reg. #:11930 7817 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 3/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 81 cents are available for programs.

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About Youth Without Shelter:

Youth Without Shelter is a 3-star charity. It has a fair demonstrated impact and an above-average results reporting score. The charity has low overhead spending and is financially transparent.

Youth Without Shelter (YWS) works with homeless youth aged 16 to 24 in North Etobicoke, Ontario. It was founded in 1986 by a group of teachers and guidance counsellors frustrated with the lack of safe emergency housing and support programs for homeless students. According to the charity, 1,500 to 2,000 youth are homeless in Toronto each night. YWS operates six programs for at-risk youth: Emergency Residential, Stay in School, Housing, Life Skills, Employment, and Educational Outreach.

In F2021, the Emergency Residential Program received 48% of program spending. The program provides shelter, counselling, meals, clothing, and personal hygiene products. In F2021, YWS provided 29,105 meals and 1,323 one-on-one counselling sessions over the course of 5,821 safe bed nights.

YWS allocated 29% of program spending to its Stay in School Program in F2021. YWS states that homeless youth often drop out of school, which disadvantages them later in life. The program provides a stable living environment, clothing, hygiene products, food, and counselling. Students can also access tutoring, computers, and school supplies. In F2021, the program provided 23,105 meals and 121 one-on-one counselling sessions over the course of 4,621 safe bed nights.

In F2021, YWS allocated 9% of program spending to the Housing and After-Care Program. The charity prevents youth from becoming homeless again by placing them in stable housing. In F2021, YWS had 104 outreach appointments and distributed 392 hygiene packages.  

Of the remaining program spending in F2021, 4% was allocated to teaching clients life skills, 4% to coordinating volunteers, 3% to employment services, and 3% to educational outreach.

YWS has the goal of helping 500 youth exit homelessness into stable housing between 2019 and 2024.

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Results and Impact

In F2021, Youth Without Shelter housed 307 people in its emergency residential program. In F2021, YWS helped 14 youth find employment and 10 youth graduate from school.

In F2021, 57 youth in the Housing and After-Care Program moved to permanent housing.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Youth Without Shelter’s results and impact.

Charity Intelligence gave Youth Without Shelter an impact rating of Fair for proven impact per dollar.

Impact Rating: Fair

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In F2021, Youth Without Shelter had total donations of $2.4m. YWS also received $1.2m in government funding, representing 31% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 6% of revenues and fundraising costs are 13% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 19%. For every dollar donated, 81 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

YWS has $2.0m in funding reserves which could cover 8 months of program costs at the F2021 level.

Charity Intelligence sent an update of this report to Youth Without Shelter for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 27, 2022 by Lin Zhu.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.8%5.1%6.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 12.8%19.8%16.7%
Total overhead spending 18.5%24.9%22.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 62.5%66.9%58.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,416,4591,811,2961,143,755
Goods in kind 341,010379,533205,469
Government funding 1,247,4931,243,1321,227,607
Other income 26,00848,2394,117
Total revenues 4,030,9703,482,2002,580,948
Program costs 3,134,4982,578,2232,364,008
Administrative costs 231,598176,677159,011
Fundraising costs 309,398358,585190,813
Total spending 3,675,4943,113,4852,713,832
Cash flow from operations 355,476368,715(132,884)
Capital spending 231,80852,619149,882
Funding reserves 1,958,8001,724,1191,371,415

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted for deferred revenue, affecting total revenues by ($115k) in F2021, $237k in F2020, and ($285k) in F2019.  Ci reported administrative and fundraising costs from the charity's T3010 filings with the CRA. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 25

Avg. compensation: $74,256

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2021

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

The following comments have been previously added by the charity and may not reflect the 2021 profile: 

Two core practices guide all services at YWS:

1) Strength-based model of care:  focuses on young people’s strengths and building a safe, community within our walls and a relationship based upon trust and respect.

2) Trauma-informed care:  “Everyone has the right to a future that is not dictated by their past.” The majority of the youth YWS serves have had to deal with overwhelming personal experiences that may have changed their perception of life.  Our goal is to have a support system that will empower young people to succeed, and help them transition from a post-traumatic state to post-traumatic growth.

In June 2015 after consultation with our stakeholders and the youth we serve the YWS Board of Directors committed to a strategic plan that will guide YWS over the next three years. Considering all that we heard and learned from our stakeholders and youth a strategic plan has been developed with four strategic priorities, that can be viewed on our website.

Comments for the 2021 profile may be forthcoming. 

Charity Contact

Website: www.yws.on.ca
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 416-748-0110 ext. 26


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