Dear Friends, After 25 years in the community, the Old Strathcona Youth Society is being evicted from our location on 10325 Street and 83 Ave.
In December, our building was evaluated by the City, and their assessment concluded that extensive work would be required to ensure its continued fitness for use.The City has opted to end our tenancy effective March 31, 2024.
We are working collaboratively with the City to find a new location; however, currently, there are no City leasing options available in the Strathcona Area.
First and foremost, a message to our Youth:
While this news may give rise to feelings of frustration and uncertainty, just know that WE HAVE A PLAN and that the OSYS Team and the Services we provide are NOT going anywhere. If you have questions, you can drop by, call us, or send us an email.
How are we Responding? Throughout this process, we have been in close communication with our funders and stakeholders and remain confident in our ability to continue providing services to our Youth, albeit with some changes. Following March 31, if a new location is not secured, our team will transition to a community outreach model to provide continued access to unhoused Youth in Edmonton. In the coming days, we will continue to provide updates on our building situation as well as further details about our evolving outreach programming and how it can be accessed.
How you can help: While the City of Edmonton is exploring the possibility of an alternate building, it remains unclear if or when one will be available. Consequently, we have been encouraged to seek out other potential leasing or purchasing options.
While OSYS has a small amount of money set toward the purchase of a new building, we will need additional funds in order to acquire a suitable building. Given the magnitude and short timeline of this undertaking, we are calling on our community for URGENT SUPPORT. Edmontonians have always been essential to the work that we do, and we are relying on donors now more than ever.
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Location 10325 83 Ave Edmonton AB
Regular Open Hours Tuesday - Saturday: 1:00 pm- 7:00 pm* Sunday- Monday: CLOSED *Due to the termination of our lease, our drop hours will be subject to change. Please follow us on Instagram for our most current hours of availability.
Population Serving youth ages 14-24
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