Preventing and Ending Youth Homelessness Together

JOIN US JANUARY 28TH FOR OUR BENEFIT CONCERT!

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All proceeds help us keep hiring youth with lived experience to share their expertise in building a strategy to end youth homelessness.

When: January 28th, 2017 from 8-11 pm 

Where: St. Alban’s Church (454 King Edward Ave.)  

Who: Dustin BirdMortal Mother, Horus Rao, Felix Lebeau, Rudy Lopez,  & Denis McGrath

How Much: Tickets are $7.50 in advance or $10.00 at the door.  

Get Your Tickets Here: Eventbrite

READ “THE OPPORTUNITY PROJECT” 

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We have spent the last year listening to youth with lived experience and staff working on the front lines about what is needed to prevent and end youth homelessness.  The result is “The Opportunity Project: Telling a New Story About Youth Homelessness in Ottawa.”  Click here to read the report in French and English.

WHO WE ARE

We are a youth-driven, local coalition working to prevent and end youth homelessness in Ottawa.

WHY WE’RE DOING THIS

Remember when you moved away from home for the first time and had to juggle living on your own (bills, rent, laundry, groceries, roommates!), with school or work or both?  Remember the unknowns that accompany that time in life – what you’re going to do, where you’ll live, who your friends will be, dating, if you want to date?

Now imagine all of those unknowns and that instability without a safe place to come home to at night.  That was the case for 903 youth who stayed in an emergency shelter in Ottawa in 2015.

903.

Hundreds more stayed at places that were not their own.

Youth homelessness is different from adult homelessness, both in the way that it starts, and the solutions to end it.  A Way Home Ottawa recognizes that ending youth homelessness is more than finding housing for youth – it is supporting youth to transition successfully into adulthood.

Many of us had supportive families, access to education, and communities that helped us do this.  Not everyone does. We want to make sure that everyone in Ottawa can grow up with access to opportunities that lead to positive outcomes.

WHAT WE’RE DOING

Our coalition is developing an integrated community strategy aimed at responding better to youth who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.

This means doing things differently.  We want to stop youth homelessness before it starts through increased support for families and youth who are at-risk of homelessness.  It also means that we will create a more coordinated community of care so that a youth can be given the right supports quickly.

Good care starts with good planning, and that’s the work of A Way Home Ottawa right now. Then, beginning in October of 2016, we will begin implementing the priorities that are currently emerging.

These priorities are informed by youth, for youth.  Based on a youth leadership team, youth focus groups, and community consultations, we are learning about the major strengths and weaknesses of our current system and the gaps we need to fill.

BE A PART OF THE MOVEMENT

 SPREAD THE WORD

A Way Home Ottawa is building momentum in Ottawa. In order for a truly preventative plan to take shape, we need all members of our community to engage with the vision of ending youth homelessness.  

So tell people.  Tell your neighbours, coworkers, friends, and family that this is happening and they can be a part of a movement to make our city a better place for everyone.

If you’re interested in holding a community conversation about youth homelessness, contact kaite@endhomelessnessottawa.ca

TALK TO YOUR LOCAL POLITICIANS

Our leaders need to hear that making sure no young person lives on the street is a priority for our community.  E-mail, call, tweet, post, mail, visit – let our City Councillors and Members of Parliament know that this matters and that we can only build a better Ottawa when all of our young people are safely housed.

STAY UP TO DATE

Sign up for our mailing list and hear the latest developments for A Way Home Ottawa by contacting kaite@endhomelessnessottawa.ca

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