Construction begins at Kingston Youth Services Hub

Left to Right: Gerry Shoalts – Architect, Ed Smith – President HomeBase Housing, Mayor Bryan Paterson, MP Mark Gerresten, Summer Rosebush, Tom Greening – Executive Director Homebase, Peter Weiss – Chandos Construction. Photo via HomeBase Housing.

HomeBase Housing, with the support of the City of Kingston, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada, has announced the start of construction on the Kingston Youth Services Hub.

The Hub will be located at 484 Albert Street and will integrate a variety of important services, according to a release from HomeBase Housing. This innovative project aims to provide comprehensive support to homeless and vulnerable youth aged 16 to 24 in one centralized location, the organization noted.

“We are excited to break ground on the Kingston Youth Services Hub,” said Ed Smith, President of HomeBase Housing Board of Directors. “This project is a testament to our commitment to supporting our youth and providing them with the resources they need to succeed.”

HomeBase Housing shared that the new location will offer:

  • Supportive Housing: 38 bachelor and accessible units with on-site counselling support to residents.
  • Cultural Centre: Fostering youth-focused arts and community events.
  • Café & Job Skills Training Centre: Providing youth with skills to help them move forward with competitive employment opportunities.
  • Other Facilities: Including an exercise room, and commercial teaching kitchen, supporting physical fitness, mental health, culinary skills, and food services.

One Roof is already operating on site. According to the release, it is the backbone of individualized support services for youth, with 17 youth-serving agencies providing a one-stop location for vulnerable and homeless youth.

Image via HomeBase Housing.

“We are grateful for the overwhelming financial support from all levels of government; however, we still need additional financial support. Home Base will announce our upcoming fund-raising campaign in the weeks ahead,” said Tom Greening, Executive Director, Kingston HomeBase Non-Profit Housing.

According to the release, the Kingston Youth Services Hub is set to be completed by the end of 2025. This facility will serve as a crucial support system, helping youth achieve self-sufficiency and independence, HomeBase Housing stated. Kingstonist last covered the Youth Services Hub plans in August of 2023, when federal funding for the project failed to come through.

Learn more about the Kingston Youth Services Hub on its website.

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