THIS is Housing First for Youth

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Today’s topic is Housing First for Youth (spoiler alert: it’s not the same as Housing First) Innovation isn’t a word that typically comes to mind when thinking about youth homelessness solutions. We usually reserve innovation for things that change the world as we once knew it – you know, like the printing press or space travel. And yet, there are … Read More

This is…Making the Shift: A Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab

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We believe we can prevent and end youth homelessness. To support this goal, the Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab (MTS) was launched in April 2017 to build an evidence base on effective practices for Canada. Our aim is to learn from and support communities and policy-makers in shifting our national response to youth homelessness, from one that … Read More

Opportunity knocks, and the time is now

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Today, A Way Home Canada and the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness are releasing a revised version of our federal youth homelessness policy brief. Opportunities to influence public policy and investment concerning youth homelessness abound. As described in previous blog posts, A Way Home Canada and the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness take a “solutions-focused advocacy” approach to working with government. This … Read More

Child Welfare and Youth Homelessness in Canada: Who is Responsible?

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by Naomi Nichols This year, I was privileged enough to be part of a team of committed people involved in the production of a policy brief called “Child Welfare and Youth Homelessness in Canada.” The policy brief is based on the results of the 2016 pan-Canadian study on youth homelessness, “Without a Home: The National Youth Homelessness Survey,” which found 57.8% … Read More

Street Child United

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Team leaders from Mexico, Brazil, the U.S. and Canada

As part of our ongoing commitment to elevating the voices of youth with lived experience of homelessness, A Way Home Canada and the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness have partnered with Street Child United to send a team of Canadian youth to the 2018 Street Child World Cup in Moscow, Russia. This event will be held prior to the … Read More

Towards a Canadian Youth Homelessness Data Dashboard

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Melanie Redman and Stephen Gaetz, the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness Portions of this content originally appeared in Parity Magazine, a publication of the Council to Homeless Persons (Australia) Over the last months we’ve discussed Collective Impact at length here on the Hub. A Way Home as a coalition and the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (a founding coalition member) support communities … Read More

The National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness comes to Toronto this week!

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Melanie Redman with contributions from Lesley McMillan, Program Director, A Way Home Canada I’m excited about this week! Over the course of one week, I not only get to celebrate my birthday, but I also get to help host a group of thoughtful, passionate and determined folks that make up the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness (LC). The LC’s … Read More

Beyond Borders: Learning from and contributing to a global movement for change

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I’m heading to Helsinki Monday night. Why Helsinki? Though I do enjoy the commitment to all things death metal, uncomfortable group spa trips with colleagues and the extreme cold, I’m actually heading there with Dr. Gaetz to learn from European colleagues and to contribute to a growing body of work concerning the Canadian-made Housing First for Youth model. (All kidding … Read More

Ramping Up Efforts to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness in Ontario

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Having ‘come from away’ I am under no illusion that Ontario, or Toronto for that matter, is the centre of the universe. That said, I’m pretty excited about working with community and government stakeholders to ramp up our efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness in Ontario. As Dr. Gaetz always says, it’s all about readiness. So what’s happening in … Read More