Preventing and Ending Youth Homelessness Together


We are a youth-driven coalition working to prevent and end youth homelessness in Ottawa through strategic community planning.

In July 2015, a group of youth agencies decided to build a more integrated system of support for young people who are homeless in Ottawa – A Way Home Ottawa was born. This early group became the Steering Committee leading the process.

Convened by the Alliance to End Homelessness, A Way Home Ottawa hired a Project Manager and began working in October 2015 to lay the groundwork to build a community strategy for ending youth homelessness.


This is how we work:


AWHO wants to see the system change from a focus on emergency intervention to prevention and rapid re-housing for young people.


What we want to see:

This means connecting sectors that affect youth homelessness.


Why Youth homelessness?

Ending adult homelessness means ending youth homelessness.

One of the greatest predictors of chronic adult homelessness is experiencing homelessness as a young person.

Without safe housing, young people struggle to go to school, work, or have stable, healthy relationships.

We can do better.

A Way Home Ottawa is focused on ending youth homelessness because we believe in the potential of young people to thrive in our community when they are safe and supported.


How Are We Doing This?

Youth Engagement Leadership

● Young people with lived experience are driving the development of our work.


● We spent a year hearing from youth and agencies in the sector about what works and what we need to change to improve the system.

Community Planning

● Supporting system coordination through community planning includes the following:

  • Coordinated activities amongst agencies
  • Common Measurements & Outcomes
  • Consistent Referral Process
  • Framework for monitoring progress

What We’re Doing Now

  • Housing First 4 Youth Demonstration Projects
  • The Upstream Project
  • 100 Day Challenge


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.