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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THE YAP TOOL
YOUTH ASSESSMENT AND PRIORITIZATION TOOL

The Youth Assessment and Prioritization (YAP) Tool is an innovation in helping a youth homelessness program or system of care to gain a greater understanding of where a youth who is homeless or at risk of homelessness is on the road to experiencing long term homelessness.

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