A Way Home

Since we launched the A Way Home Canada coalition in 2015, communities, provinces and even countries around the world have adopted the A Way Home name as a way to attach themselves to this growing international movement for change. What we seek is a fundamental shift in how we respond to youth homelessness, from a predominantly crisis response to one that focuses on prevention and sustained exits from homelessness. To make this shift...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
February 28, 2018

As a member of the Making the Shift team, I’ve noticed a curious sort of trend: quite often, when I start talking about the importance of “youth choice” in the context of youth homelessness service delivery, people falter. It seems to me that many people are intrigued by the idea in theory but then get stuck on how it could possibly work out in practice. And I can understand that – it’...

This year, I was privileged enough to be part of a team of committed people involved in the production of a policy brief called “Child Welfare and Youth Homelessness in Canada.”

The policy brief is based on the results of the 2016 pan-Canadian study on youth homelessness, “Without a Home: The National Youth Homelessness Survey,” which found 57.8% of youth experiencing homelessness reported some type of involvement with child...

Portions of this content originally appeared in Parity Magazine, a publication of the Council to Homeless Persons (Australia)

Over the last months we’ve discussed Collective Impact at length here on the Hub. A Way Home as a coalition and the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (a founding coalition member) support communities to have the tools they need to develop and implement targeted strategies to prevent and end youth homelessness. We encourage communities to take a...

A Way Home Canada
January 25, 2017

Media Folder: Media RootCommunity planning is essential to preventing and ending youth homelessness. A Way Home Canada supports sector and community capacity to plan, implement and sustain effective, evidence-based and measurable strategies to prevent...

A Way Home
October 12, 2016

Canadian Thanksgiving just passed. As an American I’m still a bit perplexed at the timing of this wonderful holiday, but it does make sense to align it with the actual harvest. Well done, Canada. So, what am I thankful for? I can’t help but be incredibly thankful for the leadership, passion, vision and hard work communities across the country are bringing to the table to get the job of preventing and ending youth homelessness done, once and for all.

Last week...

Media Folder: Media RootOn Friday June 3, the True Colors Fund (in partnership with The White House and the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness) hosted a policy briefing on ending youth homelessness at the White House (...
A Way Home
June 09, 2016

Last summer I was fortunate to meet Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, at a conference concerning the legal needs of street youth. I hung on to her every word, as it makes so much sense to ground our arguments and strategies concerning youth homelessness in international human rights law.

Just last week the Canadian...

November 10, 2015

In our nearly 20 years, we at Raising the Roof have seen many developments in the way the issue of homelessness is addressed at both the national and local level. Since the inception of our fundraising Toque Campaign and subsequent national initiatives such as Youthworks and Child & Family, we’ve valued collaboration, and have...

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