In addition to the Friends of Ruby Home, Canada’s first custom-built transitional house for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and two-spirit young people, we offer ongoing housing support at our Youth Centre (489 Queen St. East).
Friends of Ruby Home
Opening at the end of 2020, the Friends of Ruby Home is a custom-built transitional house for LGBTQI2S youth (aged 16-29) in Toronto. Founded by Egale Canada, before Friends of Ruby became an independent charity, the facility was brought to life with the support of the Daniels Corporation.
The innovative design created by Yabu Pushelberg (interiors) and Sustainable grew from a comprehensive consultation process with LGBTQI2S youth from the community, whose thoughts and feedback were incorporated into the final building.
No Place Like Home
Most important to youth was that the Friends of Ruby Home not feel like an institution, but rather a place of comfort and warmth – somewhere they could feel at home.
Space for 33 youths
Rooms for couples
Community and Care
The Friends of Ruby Home is more than a roof over one’s head. Through shared spaces and in-house programming, youth will be part of a community, one in which they’re free to live true to who they are. Everything will be geared towards supporting youth on their path towards independent, stable and empowered living.
This includes programs focused on cooking, cleaning, financial literacy and professional mentorships, as well as mental and physical health services like crisis intervention, counselling, health check-ups and physical activity at the house and in partnership with the Friends of Ruby Youth Services.
Are you a LGBTQI2S-identified youth who is in need of housing? Applications for available units at the house open yearly. Please keep an eye on our social media for updates. And if we’re unable to accommodate you at this time at the Friends of Ruby Home, we always offer housing support services at our Youth Centre to help you find a place to stay.
Applications for the Friends of Ruby Home are currently closed, but if you are in need of Housing Support please contact us to set up a meeting with a Case Manager.
Other Main Services
Our counsellors’ approach is integrative, trauma-informed, anti-oppressive and collaborative by design. Wherever youth are on their personal journey, we’re here for them.
Need support finding a job or inclusive housing? Having trouble navigating the healthcare system? Our case managers can help with that.
At our drop-in space LGBTQI2S youth aged 16-19 will find meals, activities, support groups and community. We offer barrier free one-on-one counselling, support with gender identity and sexual orientation, and help with finding housing, healthcare and jobs.