Youth Reconnect is the only youth homelessness prevention program in the Durham Region and is modelled on the highly successful Youth Reconnect program offered by the RAFT in Niagara.

Housing First is an approach to ending homelessness that centers on moving people experiencing homelessness into independent and permanent housing as a first step.  It provides people with immediate access to permanent housing with no housing ‘readiness’ or compliance requirements, is recovery-oriented, and centers on consumer choice, self-determination, and community integration.

Learn about programs to help you have a safe and affordable place to call home.

Supportive housing is affordable housing that provides a range of on-site supports to residents, such as life-skills training, and connections to off-site services such as primary health care, mental health, or substance use services.

The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness leads a national movement of individuals.

Multiple agencies serving different needs and different groups, multiple funding sources – and one strategic leader to coordinate the integrated system of care to end homelessness in Calgary.

Project Description: Aura provides safe, inclusive housing for youth that are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two spirit, or other sexual minority. Housing is offered through community host homes partnered with the Calgary Boys and Girls Club

Project Description: LGBTQ2S toolkit is a fantastic online resource that works to help housing programs provide safe spaces for sexual minorities and meet the needs of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.

Project Description: The Supportive Housing Services program at CMHA Lambton-Kent provides housing for individuals with mental illness and addictions who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness. This program was established in 2002, and now supports over 200 residents in permanent housing.

Project Description: Turner Strategies is a consulting firm that works with community organizations to enact large-scale social change. All their work is open-source for service providers, researchers, and other interested parties to use.

Project Description: This was a two-year pilot project with the goal of housing 50 individuals with the highest chronicity and acuity

Project Description: Hope’s Haven offers transitional housing services to homeless youth and provides intensive support services to teach life skills and help end the cycle of homelessness. They focus on recovery-oriented, trauma informed care. 

Project Description: This initiative is Yellowknife’s 10-year plan to end homelessness in the community. It defines the needs of vulnerable community members and outlines the steps necessary to meet those needs. It also describes the role of participating community organizations, and the current programs in place to support the Yellowknife community.

Project Description: St. John’s 5-year plan to end homelessness works to channel the efforts of shelters, emergency services, and government supports into a coordinated Housing First program.

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