By Katherine George and Willy Phan
Toronto’s homeless youth received a boost of encouragement after Mayor John Tory and City Councillor Joe Cressy pledged their support for the development of a new downtown housing facility called Eva’s Phoenix.
Tory and Cressy toured the construction site before delivering speeches about the importance of the facility to the media and staff of Eva’s Initiatives.
Cressy said he was delighted that the new location of Eva’s Phoenix is being constructed in his ward.
The project is a collaboration between Eva’s Initiatives, the City and Build Toronto, and is replacing the old Eva’s Phoenix location.
Construction of Eva’s Phoenix is expected to be finished by the end of the year and will provide housing for 50 homeless youth for up to a full year.
Eva’s Initiatives also provides at-risk youth with training, counselling, and employment programs such as the Phoenix Print Shop.