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

2017: The Year of Prevention

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I had the privilege of spending some time over the holidays in sunny California. It was a fantastic trip for so many reasons, but one conversation I had with a young hair stylist in San Francisco really stands out – it was about my work on youth homelessness and prevention. She asked me about the causes and conditions of youth … Read More

Data: The Elephant in the Room

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On November 16th, the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness in partnership with A Way Home Canada and with support from The Home Depot Canada Foundation will launch the results of the largest national study on youth homelessness ever conducted in Canada, Without a Home: The National Youth Homelessness Survey. The National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness and youth with lived experience … Read More

How Do You Know When You’re Ready? Launching A Way Home In Your Community

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Canadian Thanksgiving just passed. As an American I’m still a bit perplexed at the timing of this wonderful holiday, but it does make sense to align it with the actual harvest. Well done, Canada. So, what am I thankful for? I can’t help but be incredibly thankful for the leadership, passion, vision and hard work communities across the country are … Read More

Housing First for Youth (HF4Y): A Way Home’s Collaborative Vision

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In 2013, the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, in collaboration with the Hamilton Street Youth Planning Collaborative and the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness, created a framework for adapting Housing First to meet the developmental needs of young people. A Safe and Decent Place to Live is now used internationally and will soon be the basis for a toolkit of resources … Read More

Upstream Prevention

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I recently heard a young person with lived experience of homelessness offering recommendations to A Way Home America and senior policy makers. He said that funding more services and supports for youth experiencing homelessness is great, but it’s not good enough. He talked about the damage to his life caused by his experiences in foster care and then later with homelessness. … Read More

A Way Home 2016: Part Two

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In an earlier blog post I shared with you an overview of everything that the A Way Home Canada coalition has accomplished to date and a few highlights of what was coming down the line, including the recently released Youth Homelessness Community Planning Toolkit and the Youth Rights, Right Now! Ending Youth Homelessness: A Human Rights Guide. The Canadian Observatory … Read More

Helping Communities Go Further Faster: Youth Homelessness Community Planning Toolkit

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I am pleased to announce the launch of a free and open-source online resource to support communities and planners in their quests to develop and implement comprehensive plans to prevent and end youth homelessness, the Youth Homelessness Community Planning Toolkit. So what’s this Toolkit all about? Communities across Canada and the U.S. are recognizing the need for targeted strategies to … Read More