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July 22, 2015

Second Base (Scarborough) Youth Shelter has been serving Scarborough’s homeless youth community since it opened its doors on December 8, 1993. Today, in addition to the emergency shelter, Second Base operates a Housing, Information and Referral Centre (drop-in), and Community-based Education program (GED) facility that serves both shelter residents and community youth.

From the day of its inception, Second Base has been faced with financial and operational challenges. Some of our challenges has been related to our occupancy levels. As a result, the shelter has been experiencing ongoing cash flow issues. This situation has been exacerbated recently and for, the past several months. The Board has been working tirelessly on the identification of additional funding sources and on the development of a corporate culture that could be able to sustain and offer the best support possible to residents.

Unfortunately, given our average occupancy levels, the current staff and capacity, the nature and scope of the multiple challenges faced by our residents, and our building maintenance expenses, we have decided that the agency is no longer able to offer the type of environment necessary for the well-being of Toronto’s homeless youth. Therefore, the Board of Directors made the decision to begin the process of dissolution of the agency and to cease operation by October 20, 2015, unless a viable option to ensure the sustainability of the shelter could be identified within the next three (3) months.

We would like to emphasize that the decision to close the shelter was not made lightly. It was arrived at after careful consideration of several options.

Motivated by a commitment to provide the best support possible to its residents, the Board of Directors has been working with the City of Toronto to address the ongoing cash flow issues of the Shelter since the summer of 2014.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the City of Toronto and the United Way for all the support they gave to the Board of Directors over the past few years. 

We would also like to thank our donors and community partners who have faithfully supported Second Base over the past 22 years. Plans are currently underway to ensure that a safe and welcoming environment is found for our current residents. 

We welcome your continued support of the agency and the youth during this time of transition.

Should you have any questions or for further information, please write to the Chair of the Board at boardmembers@secondbase.ca


Sherwin Modeste
Chair, Board of Directors, Second Base Youth Shelter

News date:
Tuesday, July 22 2015