Argus Residence for Young People has started A Path to Home: A New Approach to Youth Homelessness Prevention and Shelter Diversion, an innovative local program with the goal of reducing homelessness among youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 29.
The two-year initiative is supported by $492,600 in funding delivered through the Government of Ontario’s Local Poverty Reduction Fund (LPRF). The grant is funded by the Government of Ontario and administered by its agency the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
This program has been designed to help homeless youth over the two-year period by evaluating the impact and scalability of a new youth homelessness prevention and diversion tool within the context of centralized, coordinated access to housing services that will help reduce youth homelessness in Ontario. The data collected will contribute to a body of knowledge that will support poverty reduction programs across the province.
This investment by the Government of Ontario is just one way the province is bolstering innovative local programs that support groups disproportionately affected by poverty.
Through the Local Poverty Reduction Fund, Ontario is helping to break the cycle of poverty for children and youth, increase employment and income security, and end homelessness in Ontario.
For over 30 years, Argus has provided a range of support services for youth experiencing, or who are at-risk of, homelessness in the Waterloo Region. Argus is committed to advancing excellence in service provision through evaluation and the adoption of evidence-based practices. Argus' vision is for all youth to have a place to call home and opportunities to thrive.
In total, 48 innovative, community-led projects are being funded through Ontario's Local Poverty Reduction Fund, which help groups disproportionately affected by poverty get into housing, develop skills and find employment. Those disproportionately affected by poverty include women, single parents, people with disabilities, youth, newcomers, visible minorities, seniors and Indigenous Peoples. Part of this funding supports data collection, which will help develop more effective poverty reduction programs across the province.
Fighting poverty is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy, and help people in their everyday lives.
“Ontario is investing in programs that will measurably improve the lives of those most affected by poverty. By harnessing the creativity of local partners, identifying innovative community-driven solutions, and building on evidence-based best practices, we can make strong inroads in tackling poverty.”
–– Peter Milczyn, Minister of Housing, Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy
“With this funding, Argus Residence for Young People will be able to help us learn more about what approaches are making a difference for Cambridge. This will help government, communities and all of our partners design and deliver more effective programs to combat poverty using proven approaches as we continue making Ontario the best place to call home.”
— Kathryn McGarry, RN, MPP for Cambridge
“This announcement is very welcome news as research shows that the longer a young person experiences homelessness the greater the negative impact on their education and future. Prevention and diversion are the keys to reducing and ending this problem.”
— Doug Craig, Mayor of Cambridge
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