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Making the Shift

Making the Shift (MTS) is a Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab launched in April of 2017.

Co-led by A Way Home Canada and the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness with support from MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, MTS provides leadership in helping communities and governments to move away from band aid solutions to youth homelessness. We are developing and testing effective strategies to prevent youth homelessness and to help those who are move out of it quickly and achieve housing stability (through Housing First for Youth). MTS is building the knowledge and evidence base to support this shift, while providing critical services to hundreds of young people and their families.

In the first two years of the project (Phase One), demonstration projects on Family First, Youth Reconnect and Housing First for Youth, Housing First for Youth Exiting Care, and Housing First for Indigenous Youth will take place in 10 Canadian cities: Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, Calgary, Edmonton, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Grande Prairie and Fort McMurray.
Over 1,300 youth and their families will participate in Phase One.

“This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy program.”

“Homeless youth are amongst the most vulnerable and marginalized populations who face substantial barriers to education and employment. Assisting Canada’s youth is a priority. A Way Home: Working Together to End Youth Homelessness in Canada’s project is a concrete example of what we can achieve for youth by working in partnership with organizations across the country. Projects like this can give our youth the chance to change their future.”

– Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament for Spadina-Fort York

“Through a unique partnership with the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (York University), MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, two provinces and dozens of community partners, the Making the Shift project will ensure that young people at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness achieve housing stability and have natural supports such as family that are essential as they receive support to stay in school or access training and employment.”

– Melanie Redman, Executive Director, A Way Home Canada

“This project will not only enable over a thousand homeless youth to access education and employment, but will provide us with a much stronger evidence base about how to prevent youth homelessness and support young people who do experience homelessness to exit this situation. It’s all about helping young people in a tough situation to move forward in their lives in a way that promotes wellness and the chance to succeed.”

– Stephen Gaetz, Professor, York University and Director, the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness

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