The Roadmap for the Prevention of Youth Homelessness

Historically, communities and governments in Canada and the United States have relied heavily on emergency services and crisis responses to support young people who are homeless. Communities use a range of crisis supports and interventions, including emergency shelters, day programs, and other services, such as law enforcement, which typically do not form a cohesive system. While the language of homelessness prevention is sometimes used in policy circles in North America, it is rarely well-conceptualized and has not been a priority in most jurisdictions. In this report, the case is made that the imbalance of investment in crisis intervention over prevention is highly problematic, especially for the well-being of the young people affected by youth homelessness.

The Roadmap for the Prevention of Youth Homelessness helps to fill this gap in our knowledge. It is designed to help service providers, policy makers, communities, advocates, and researchers better understand the meaning of youth homelessness prevention through the provision of a clear definition and a common language for policy and practice.

The Roadmap offers guidance on the following:

  • What is youth homelessness prevention, and what is it not?
  • Who is responsible for youth homelessness prevention?
  • What are systems approaches to prevention?
  • What program models and interventions exist?
  • What is the evidence for youth homelessness prevention?

The Roadmap aims to function as a useful guide to the critical role that prevention should play in a comprehensive systems response to youth homelessness, detailing evidence-based and informed program models that will help communities and governments to implement plans to prevent and end youth homelessness. Finally, the Roadmap has been directly informed by consultations with youth who have experienced homelessness across Canada. In order to reform our response to youth homelessness, it is critical that youths’ voices, experiences, insights, and wisdom are the cornerstone of the work.

Authors: Stephen Gaetz, Kaitlin Schwan, Melanie Redman, David French, & Erin Dej
Published By: Canadian Observatory on Homelessness Press
Publication Date: 2018

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Apr
23
Tue
Public Meeting on the Future of Specialized Transit in Niagara @ Civic Square Community Room
Apr 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In an effort to better meet the transportation needs of regional and municipal specialized transit users, the Niagara Region has started a study to review these services throughout the region. The Niagara Region has hired consulting firm IBI Group to complete this study.

The study is looking at the following issues:

  • A review of specialized transit service governance, needs, requirements, service policies and procedures
  • A review of the Niagara Specialized Transit’s (NST) current operations
  • The creation of options to best meet the community’s needs
  • The creation of a plan to fiscally responsibly guide specialized transit service improvements over the next five years

The following topics will be discussed at the public meeting:

  • Thoughts on current municipal and regional specialized transit services
  • Future needs and expectations
  • Major areas of concern
  • Eligibility, registration and booking process
  • Scheduling
  • Transfers and fares
  • Cross-regional travel
  • On-time performance

Two public meetings will be hosted. Each session will start with a 20 minute presentation followed by a discussion and question/answer period. Region staff will be available to answer your questions and hear your feedback.

This public meeting is hosted by Niagara Region.

Apr
24
Wed
Indigenous Peoples and the Health Care System: Exploring Health Equity for First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Ontario @ Online
Apr 24 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

In recent decades, the health of Indigenous Peoples has been improving despite multiple issues regarding access and other impacts of the health care system. Join us as we explore this issue by highlighting health equity, discussing historical and current contexts, and exploring a discourse for ways in which clinicians can work to help improve their practice and care that will contribute to positive health outcomes for Indigenous Peoples in Ontario.

This webinar is hosted by the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Community of Interest.

Breaking Barriers to Newcomer Mental Health in Niagara @ Online
Apr 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The process of migration and resettlement can be extremely challenging and often puts the mental health and well-being of newcomers at risk. Despite pertinent and clear mental health issues in the newcomer population, availability and accessibility of services remain an issue. As this population continues to grow, it is essential to assess the prevalence of mental health issues in newcomers in order to adapt services accordingly.

During this webinar, presenters will discuss:

  • Needs of newcomers and refugees
  • Barriers to accessing Mental Health Support
  • Environmental Scan & Recommendations
  • Best Practice Guidelines

Presenters:

  • Zainab Awad, Mental Health Program Coordinator, Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre
  • Ali Ahmed, Mental Health Program Support Worker, Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre

This event is hosted by Niagara Connects in partnership with Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre. A follow-up resource package will be distributed after the event.

How AGE-WELL Technology is Changing Homes of the Future and Promoting Independence for All @ Online
Apr 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

AGE-WELL takes a unique approach to technology development by engaging all stakeholders from the beginning to ensure technologies can help older adults age in place and maintain their independence for as long as possible.

In this webinar, participants will:

  • Learn about how AGE-WELL has advanced the development of technologies to enhance the home lives of Canadian seniors and their caregivers
  • Understand the global context of technology and aging and where Canada fits
  • Discover examples of successful AGE-WELL innovations being implemented today

This webinar is hosted by AGE-WELL NCE.

Public Meeting on the Future of Specialized Transit in Niagara @ St. Catharines Public Library - Central Branch
Apr 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In an effort to better meet the transportation needs of regional and municipal specialized transit users, the Niagara Region has started a study to review these services throughout the region. The Niagara Region has hired consulting firm IBI Group to complete this study.

The study is looking at the following issues:

  • A review of specialized transit service governance, needs, requirements, service policies and procedures
  • A review of the Niagara Specialized Transit’s (NST) current operations
  • The creation of options to best meet the community’s needs
  • The creation of a plan to fiscally responsibly guide specialized transit service improvements over the next five years

The following topics will be discussed at the public meeting:

  • Thoughts on current municipal and regional specialized transit services
  • Future needs and expectations
  • Major areas of concern
  • Eligibility, registration and booking process
  • Scheduling
  • Transfers and fares
  • Cross-regional travel
  • On-time performance

Two public meetings will be hosted. Each session will start with a 20 minute presentation followed by a discussion and question/answer period. Region staff will be available to answer your questions and hear your feedback.

This public meeting is hosted by Niagara Region.

Social Enterprise Niagara April Meetup @ Spark Niagara
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Social Enterprise Niagara’s monthly social networking meetup. We welcome all community members who are interested in or engaged in Social Innovation or Social Enterprise! We will help define these terms at the beginning of the meeting and then create space for organic conversation, networking and connection to follow.

This is a free meeting/meetup to connect with other like minded community members from 6-8pm April 24th. We host our SEN monthly Social Networking Meetups at Spark Niagara, a new business incubator in Niagara Falls! They take place on the last Wednesday of every month, and we hope to see you there!

This event is hosted by Social Enterprise Niagara.

Public Meeting: Port Colborne Parks & Recreation Master Plan @ Port Colborne City Hall - Council Chambers (3rd Floor)
Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

You’re invited to #PORTicipate in the Port Colborne Parks & Recreation Master Plan Public Meeting on April 24, 2019!

The City of Port Colborne is preparing its Parks and Recreation Master Plan that will guide the future operations of Parks and Recreation services, facilities and amenities for the City.

The Project Team has been conducting stakeholder engagement with City residents, recreational providers, City staff and Council. Consultation with community members is integral in the development of recommendations for the final Master Plan.

The Project Team has compiled the results of the online survey, working sessions, interviews and community feedback. The stakeholder findings will be presented to the general public on Wednesday, April 24th.

This meeting is hosted by the City of Port Colborne.

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