Youth Rights, Right Now! A Way Home Canada’s Commitment to Human Rights

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Happy New Year! A Way Home Canada opened 2018 with an even stronger commitment to fighting for the human rights of youth experiencing homelessness. Building on the success of the first International Summit on the Legal Needs of Street Youth held in London in June 2015, the American Bar Association,in late November 2017, convened an even greater number of jurisdictions … Read More

THIS is the YAP Tool

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The Youth Assessment Prioritization Tool – which is usually just called the “YAP Tool” – is one of the new tools that Making the Shift (MTS) is enthusiastic about bringing to the conversation on ending and preventing youth homelessness. The YAP Tool is a strength-based assessment of youth who are experiencing, or are at-risk of experiencing, homelessness that strives to … Read More

THIS is a HF4Y Demonstration Project

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Does the term “demonstration project” excite and motivate you? It’s okay to say no. I’ll admit that I was inexperienced when it came to demonstration projects before joining the Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab (MTS) team. But now I feel pretty confident in saying that we at the MTS Lab are so excited to officially launch the … Read More

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