Covenant House to open new shelter for sex trafficking victims
WATCH: Councillor Ana Bailão believes the new shelter will help provide security for victims of human trafficking but more still needs to be done.
TORONTO – Covenant House Toronto will be opening a new space within a year to help support victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
According to a report from the Toronto Star, Toronto Community Housing Corp. will renovate a home and lease it to Covenant House for a fee.
Meanwhile, operating costs will be covered by donations and fundraising efforts.
Officials say the house can hold up to seven girls and young women who can live there for up to two years.
Each of them will be able to have a room of their own with 24-hour support from child and youth workers.
Covenant House has been operation in Toronto since 1982 and offers services to homeless youth in 27 cities across the United States, Canada and Latin America.