INNOVATION

A Way Home has a transformation agenda. This requires that we both identify and mobilize existing knowledge to impact policy, planning and practice, but it also requires that we create NEW knowledge. We build rich partnerships across sectors to help us accomplish our goals.

INNOVATION IN ACTION

As part of our innovation agenda, we’ve co-developed and we co-lead two high-profile initiatives alongside the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness at York University. The Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Social Innovation and Demonstrations Labs leverage an initial $29 million investment in developing the evidence and knowledge base for how to prevent young people from becoming homeless, and if they do, ensure they have all of the support necessary to exit homelessness quickly and achieve positive outcomes in the areas of housing stabilization, health & well-being, social inclusion, education and employment. In addition, we are developing practical tools to support community partner efforts, such as the Youth Assessment and Prioritization Tool (YAP), in partnership with WalRon Consulting and the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness.

MTS INNOVATION LAB
MAKING THE SHIFT YOUTH HOMELESSNESS SOCIAL INNOVATION LAB

Making the Shift (MtS) is a Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab with a mandate to contribute to the transformation of how we respond to youth homelessness through research and knowledge mobilization specific to youth homelessness prevention and housing stabilization. MtS is an international “Network of Centres of Excellence” funded by the Government of Canada’s Research Tri-Council.

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MTS DEMS
MAKING THE SHIFT YOUTH HOMELESSNESS DEMONSTRATIONS LAB

Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Demonstration Lab (MtS DEMS) is a multi-year, collaborative project that is working to develop and test approaches to support the prevention of and facilitate sustainable exits from homelessness. For Phase One of MtS DEMS (2017-2020), these interventions were put in place across 12 sites in Canada with the goal of reaching 1,300 young people and providing the best possible outcomes for young people and their families. These demonstration projects are funded by the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy.

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TRAINING AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT
IN PERSON/VIRTUAL TRAINING

In person/virtual training is part of a suite of training and technical support offered by A Way Home Canada for the housing and homeless-serving sector. We are working to build capacity at the frontlines to deliver prevention-based services that improve the well-being of young people. We offer hands-on coaching, in-depth training and practical tools to support the adaptation and adoption of prevention practices.

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