Young women who have been trapped by sexual exploitation and trafficking have a new stepping stone in their journey to recovery through the Avdell Home, Covenant House Toronto’s second specialized, supported housing program.

The program supports up to six young women at a time, aged 16-24, who are leaving difficult situations. They receive 24-7 help with safety planning, health care, mental health and substance use support, in addition to legal assistance, education and job training.

The Avdell Home fills the gap between the support provided by two crisis beds in Covenant House’s emergency shelter and the longer-term transitional housing offered in The Rogers Home.

Our goal is to support these young women in a safe, secure and welcoming environment to help them begin to recover from their trafficking experiences.

This program is part of Covenant House’s comprehensive plan to fight sex trafficking. It also includes prevention and victim services.

Sex trafficking in Canada is often hidden. About 90 per cent of victims are female and most are Canadian girls from every part of the country and every background. Survivors can be as young as 13, and 17 is the average age. Police believe that there could be thousands of victims.

Through stable housing and wraparound support for victims, we can help more young women access the help they need to move forward with their lives.