INTRODUCTION TO A WAY HOME

WHO WE ARE


A Way Home is a national coalition dedicated to preventing, reducing and ending youth homelessness in Canada.

We inspire and enable communities and all levels of government to organize, plan and implement strategies to address youth homelessness in a co-ordinated, measurable and impactful way. By strengthening families and building the assets and resilience of youth, we can help young people avoid homelessness and make a healthy transition to adulthood.

The work of A Way Home is achieved by building on the existing strengths of our partners, community engagement and innovation, and a strong commitment to ending youth homelessness that is emerging across the country. We hope that by aligning the strategies and resources of leading players seeking to address homelessness in Canada we will end youth homelessness in Canada.

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YOUTH HOMELESSNESS IN CANADA
AN OVERVIEW


Approximately 20% of homeless people in Canada are between the ages of 13-25. On any given night in Canada, there are over 6,000 young people who experience homelessness and either sleep out of doors or access emergency shelters. An even greater number are part of the hidden homeless population and ‘couch surf’ by temporarily staying with family or friends.

COMMUNITY PLANS


A community plan sets the goal of preventing, reducing and ending youth homelessness.

Through community engagement, partnerships and collaboration, communities can harness local and public resources. They can build on existing knowledge about ‘what works and for whom?’, adapt and implement innovative and evidence-based program models that are known to work.

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OUR WORK


Ending youth homelessness means doing things differently.

Our belief is that we need to move away from simply “managing” the problem of youth homelessness through emergency services. We believe we need a more proactive approach that focuses on prevention (stopping young people from becoming homeless in the first place) and helping those young people who are homeless move into housing with supports as rapidly as possible and in a safe and planned way. This can only be done through effective community planning, service integration and alignment of strategies and resources for maximum impact at the national, provincial and community levels.

YOUTH VOICES


As we work with communities across the country, we support them in their efforts to actively engage young people – and particularly those with lived experience of homelessness – in the planning and implementation of community strategies. The knowledge and wisdom that comes from experiencing homelessness is one that can genuinely contribute to policy and effective practice.

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