YOUTH HOUSING FIRST WRAPFORCE
EVERY DOOR IS THE RIGHT DOOR
The A Way Home Kamloops WRAPFORCE is an innovative program in preventing and ending youth homelessness. Your funding has helped us create a centralized housing and supports intake system that ensures there is no wrong door for young people. This has increased coordination and efficiencies of youth services by reducing service gaps through wraparound services to homeless youth.
The Wrapforce consists of 16 different organizations that have each identified one youth homelessness champion. Youth can walk into any organization and be connected to housing and supports through use of the same application form and consent process. This ensures youth do not have to tell their story over and over again.
Youth become connected to the sector opposed to a singular organization. It also ensures the community wraps the services around the youths’ distinct needs as each youth receives an inter-agency team of support. This collaboration has resulted in organizations increasing their mandate to meet the needs of Wrapforce youth to ensure no wrong door.
The Wrapforce supported community to create 14 new units of program housing. This gives youth choice in housing options that meets their developmental support needs. Youth are also supported to access market housing, as A Way Home’s community business funding has created a Youth Emergency Fund that provides financial supports to secure or sustain housing. For example, youth can access this fund for help with a damage deposit or with a short-term rental subsidy.
104 YOUTH REFERRALS
50 YOUTH HOUSED
21 PROGRAM HOUSING
25 MARKET HOUSING
4 YOUTH RECONNECT HOME
54 YOUTH UNABLE TO HOUSE
COMMUNITY NEED FOR SAFE SUITES
Willow House: A supportive housing option for up to two youth. Youth are connected with a support staff to assist youth with wellness plans, life skills, and ongoing one-on-one support services. Youth can stay at Willow House for up to one year to assist youth in stabilizing and work towards obtaining Market Housing.
Safe Suites: A six bed low barrier supportive housing option for youth ages 18-25 with complex mental health and substance use issues. Safe Suites is staffed 24 hours with onsite case management and life skills supports. Safe suites also has weekly programming to assist youth with developing life skills and creating healthy connections. To learn more about Safe Suites, click here.
Twin Feathers Safe Suite: Twin Feathers Safe Suite is a suite for young moms and one baby or child who is Indigenous (Inuit, Metis or First Nations). This suite is a collaborative partnership with Kamloops Native Housing Society. Young moms also have access to one-on-one supports through a Youth Housing Support Worker, who work with the young moms and baby or child on an ongoing basis.
Storks Landing: Storks Landing is a safe suite for young moms. This is a four bedroom unit which can occupy two moms and their children. Each family having their own separate floors and bathroom, and sharing a common space of the living room and kitchen. The families also have ongoing supports through a Youth Housing Support Worker.