Homeless Shelter


YWCA Toronto operates two free shelters for homeless women and people who identify as transgender and gender non-binary and are over 16 years of age and in immediate crisis. We help them get out of crisis and move on to independence and safety.

We currently operate two homeless shelters: 1St Stop Woodlawn Shelter and Davenport Shelter. 

Davenport Shelter

This is a newly opened (January 2019) pet-friendly emergency shelter run by YWCA Toronto. Call 416.922.2308 for more information. 

1st Stop Woodlawn Shelter
At 1st Stop Woodlawn Shelter, we provide free shelter and supports to women 16 years of age and older who are homeless or in immediate crisis. We help women get out of crisis and move on to independence and safety. We offer 12 transitional beds for up to a two-year stay. The current languages spoken by YWCA Toronto staff include Mandarin, Polish, Hindi, Croatian, Slavian, Punjabi, and Urdu. Our diverse and vibrant community comprises of women born in Canada, immigrant women, women with addictions and/or mental health issues, women of colour, lesbians, and trans women.


Women 16 years of age and older who are homeless or fleeing violence.

  • Private and shared dorm style furnished rooms

  • Shared washrooms and wheelchair accessible washrooms

  • 24-hour staffing and security

  • Breakfast, bagged lunch, dinner

  • Lockers

  • Free laundry

  • TV rooms and lounges

  • Resource library with computers and books

  • Community garden

  • Recreational activities and trips

  • Caring staff who help you obtain the services and supports you need

  • Individual and group support programs

  • Help with finding safe and affordable housing

  • Help with job search or research into post-secondary programs      

  • Counselling (e.g. self-esteem, abuse, addictions, and mental health)

  • Ongoing support after you leave the shelter


Related Programs


Emergency Shelter from Violence 

Find out about our emergency shelter for women fleeing violence.

Permanent Housing 

Explore our permanent housing programs. 

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