Youth Homelessness Initiative
What is home? Is it a place to rest, relax and be yourself? A home is defined not only as a physical space, but also as a place where something can be discovered, founded, developed or promoted. It is a place to plant your roots and strengthen your bond with community. In our homes we break bread, raise families and create strong social ties. Without home, childhoods are broken, rules are absent and families are depleted leaving the community as the primary support available.
A youth’s pathway out of homelessness is often neither linear nor uniform, rather it is complex and needs appropriate, in the moment supports. When we are approached by youth they are often in crisis and have burned every bridge and depleted many of their resources. They do not have a refuge to let their guard down so instead they build their walls up. Youth are not willing to tell their entire story to a stranger and therefore strong, consistent relationships are imperative. With a focus on repatriation, we must work quickly to secure temporary housing and move forward with mediation and supports to make repatriation not only an option, but a success. Repatriation is not a short term solution and is the most successful option to eliminate youth homelessness.
The Youth Homelessness Initiative provides individualized support to participants up to the age of 25 which includes:
Participants can self refer to the program by accessing drop in at
20626 Eastleigh Crescent (9am-1pm Monday to Friday) or contacting 604-530-6477.
For More Information on the Youth Homelessness Initiative contact:
Alison Cartier - Ph. 604-530-6477 or to email click here.