Youth at Risk

Youth at Risk

Findings from the 2016 Point-in-Time Count indicate that youth experience hidden homelessness more than any other population. Youth experience homelessness for a variety of reasons. Traumatic experiences, family violence, poverty and disconnection from schools, communities and social service support are just some of the reasons youth are in crisis and at risk. Early identification made by a caring adult can connect children and youth with necessary services before a crisis sets in. The Youth Homelessness Checklist reference card and companion document are tools to assist you to make this early identification.

Below is a list of Youth Services in the Greater Victoria area:

  • Foundry Victoria Youth Clinic

    818 Douglas St. (3rd Floor)
    Outreach
    : 250-818-6361
    Clinic: 250 383-3552 .
    Mon-Thurs 11-5pm, Fri 11-4pm
    Walk in primary health care, sexual health, mental health and substance use, counselling support/ care, lab and outreach services. Youth 12-24.
    No CareCard needed.

  • Out of the Rain
    Youth Shelter

    Changing locations.
    250-415-3856
    Youth 15-25. Oct 15 to Apr 15. 9pm-8am. Pets allowed. www.outoftherainvictoria.ca

  • Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter

    2117 Vancouver St
    250-386-8282
    Youth 13-18. Counsellors, meals, laundry and hygiene supplies. Youth and family mediation available. Open 24/7.

  • Threshold Youth Housing

    Call 250-383-8830 or visit:
    www.thresholdhousing.ca
    Youth 16-22.

  • Victoria Youth Empowerment Society

    533 Yates St
    250-383-3514
    Youth 13-19.
    Daytime Drop-in: 9-5pm. Showers, laundry, clothing and internet. Access to youth detox, outreach team, mental health liaison counselor, life skills and independent living program.
    Alliance Club: drop-in Mon-Thur 12:30pm-7:30pm with dinner served & Friday 12:30-2:30pm.

  • Burnside Gorge Community Association

    471 Cecelia Rd
    Family services: 250-388-5251

  • Sanctuary Youth Drop-In

    767 Humboldt St (church basement)
    250-385-6255
    For youth under 22 (we check for ID). Friday, Saturday, Sunday 3pm-6pm.
    Warm meals, showers, laundry and more. www.sanctuaryyouth.ca

  • Boys and Girls Club

    301-1195 Esquimalt Rd
    250-384-9133
    Mon-Thur 8:30-4:30pm. Fri 8:30-1pm.

  • Victoria Native
    Friendship Centre

    231 Regina Ave
    250-384-3211
    Youth Drop-In: Tues-Thur 4-8pm.
    Fri 2-8pm. Youth support workers, youth addictions and youth and family counsellors available.

  • 24/7 CRISIS LINE

    1-888-494-3888

  • Umbrella Society

    901 Kings Rd
    250-380-0595
    Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30pm.
    Addiction and mental health.

Created by the Youth At-Risk Sub-group of the Coalition’s Prevention Working Group and working from the recommendations in A Plan to Prevent Homelessness this reference card and companion document were created to assist teachers, counselors, and other youth service workers in the identification of youth who are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness and to help to connect them with the appropriate services. For more information or to request reference cards for your office/teachers: admin@victoriahomelessness.ca.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? List of additional community resources and contacts:

If you urgently require assistance, please call Vancouver Island Crisis Line: 1-888-494-3888 for people in emotional crisis, including suicideand mental health issues.Youth may access youthspace.ca for online emotional support for youth under 25 years.

In Crisis?:

If you require urgent emotional support, including having thoughts of suicide and other mental health issues, please call Vancouver Island Crisis Line: 1-888-494-3888.

Youth (under 25 years of age) may access youthspace.ca for online emotional support.

For other resources, including shelter availability, visit bc211.ca