A Way Home: A Plan to End Youth Homelessness in Kamloops

A Way Home: A Plan to End Youth Homelessness in Kamloops

In early 2014, a community group called the Youth Supportive Housing Committee emerged to focus on the issues of youth homelessness and youth transitioning out of foster care. At the same time, Kamloops had been named a pilot community in a national initiative aimed at ending youth homelessness. Research with homeless and at-risk youth was being undertaken in the community, in a partnership between the City of Kamloops, the Thompson Nicola Cariboo United Way, the Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society, the Kamloops Homelessness Action Plan, and a group of youth called Youth Against Youth Homelessness.

The result was A Way Home -- a plan to end youth homelessness in Kamloops. The full plan was released in June 2014, and the grassroots Youth Supportive Housing Committee adopted it as their own and became the A Way Home Committee. A Way Home is guiding the plan’s implementation and leading the work to end youth homelessness in Kamloops. Their work has been so successful and ground breaking that the national initiative that provided funding in the first place has named themselves after the Kamloops movement.

PUBLICATION DATE: 2014