Concert Properties teams up with Youth Without Shelter at The Kip District

On Nov 13, 2014 under CommunityWorks

With one home at a time, The Kip District, one of Concert's most recent master-planned communities, we will assist one homeless youth through a partnership with Youth Without Shelter. For every suite sold within The Kip District: One, the first building of the five-tower community, Concert will donate the funds required to provide emergency accommodation for one homeless youth for the equivalent of one month through Youth Without Shelter’s Adopt-A-Bed program.

“We are thrilled to partner with Youth Without Shelter,” says Brian McCauley, President & COO of Concert. “As a developer that prides itself on making a difference within the communities where we live and work, we’re happy to give back to the Etobicoke community in particular by providing shelter and support to some of those who need it most.”

Located on Dundas Street West just west of Kipling, The Kip District: One will rise 28 storeys and feature 283 suites, meaning that upon completion of all sales, over $213,000 will be donated by Concert through its partnership with Youth Without Shelter.

Youth Without Shelter is the only emergency residence and referral agency in Etobicoke serving homeless youth ages 16 to 24. The Adopt-A-Bed program provides refuge in a safe, warm bed; three nutritious meals and two snacks daily; welcome and caring daily from a dedicated front-line team of Child and Youth Care/Social Service Workers; and personal hygiene products to meet needs.

“This generous partnership ensures that Youth Without Shelter is there as a safe haven where homeless young people can find shelter, support and the opportunity to grow,” says Wendy Horton, Executive Director, Youth Without Shelter. “Together with Concert Properties, we’re breaking the cycle of homelessness and assisting each youth as they journey to a life of self-sufficiency.”

The Kip District is Concert's second master-planned community within Etobicoke, located a kilometer west of the first, Village Gate West. Encompassing 1,500 condominium homes within five towers, The Kip District will also include a vibrant collection of commercial and retail shops and services on a six acre site that is set to transform the vibrant and evolving neighbourhood of Kipling and Dundas Street West. The Kip District will be a sustainable community with urban-inspired gathering places and expansive green spaces that have been purposely and thoughtfully designed. It will include its own outdoor, central public square for all five towers and will be joined by landscaped pathways decorated with lush greenery and custom-made outdoor furniture. The central square will feature community events and programming for residents, such as farmers’ markets and outdoor concerts.

“We were drawn to Youth Without Shelter because of the incredible amount of support and services they provide for homeless youth located in Etobicoke and across the GTA,” says McCauley. Since its inception in 1986, Youth Without Shelter has helped more than 14,000 homeless youth to build their confidence and life skills and to find long-term stable housing and jobs. Youth Without Shelter not only provides shelter, but a full circle of care to over 1,000 homeless youth each year though counselling, an effective life skills program, employment guidance, placement in affordable housing, and support for continued education.

The Kip District: One is currently in registration with occupancy anticipated to begin in March 2018. For more information on The Kip District, visit www.TheKipDistrict.com and for more information on Youth Without Shelter, visit www.YWS.on.ca

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