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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a "foyer philosophy"?

Foyers are an innovative concept developed in France during the 1940s in response to the problems of homelessness and youth labour mobility.

Foyers recognize that for many young people, the move from dependence to independence is not straightforward. Foyers offer opportunities and support to help youth make a successful transition.

Foyers provide:


What is "democratic living"?

Democratic living involves living in community with others and behaving in ways that are consistent with the principles of equality, freedom, and respect for human dignity. It also means that within these values, individuals have control over decisions that fundamentally affect their lives and they have the ability to question or challenge boundaries that affect their lives.


What is  “transitional housing”?

Transitional housing is a new category of government funded housing that provides medium-term accommodation for individuals and families who have experienced homelessness or shelter use. It is meant to bridge the gap between costly emergency shelters and permanent housing and is also known as second stage housing. For single residents it is often built in the form of small bachelor units, also referred to as “efficiency apartments” or “single room occupancy” units (SROs).


How much did it cost to build Peel Youth Village?

The cost of the project was $7.625 million. Sources of funding included the Region of Peel’s social housing reserve fund; nearly $4 million in federal National Homelessness Initiatives’ Supporting Communities Partnership Initiative (SCPI) funds; and $408,000 from the Federal Community Affordable Rental Housing Program.


Who owns Peel Youth Village?

PYV is owned by the Region of Peel Housing Corporation and operated by the Human Services Department. SHIP (Supportive Housing in Peel) provides core support staff in the building 24-hours per day on a year-round basis and also delivers a wide range of recreation and community programs for residents of the surrounding area.


Revised: Friday August 14 2015


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