Making the Shift – Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab


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Government of Canada Social Development Partnership Program

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Working in collaboration with A Way Home Canada and with support from MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, this project provides leadership in helping communities and governments to move away from crisis response solutions to youth homelessness. This project involves 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). This project 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.