Launched in 2019, Making the Shift (MtS) is a Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab federally funded Networks of Centres of Excellence that is co-led by the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and A Way Home Canada. MtS’ mandate is to contribute to the transformation of how we respond to youth homelessness through research and knowledge mobilization specific to youth homelessness prevention and housing stabilization.
With a five-year mandate, MtS’ singular goal is to: conduct and mobilize quality research that supports governments, communities, and service providers to make the shift from managing the crisis of youth homelessness, to a focus on preventing and enabling sustainable exits from homelessness.
MtS DEMS functions as the demonstration project arm of MtS.
The Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Demonstration Lab is a partnership between A Way Home Canada and the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness with the support of MaRS Centre for Impact Investing. Phase One of MtS DEMS (2017-2019) has been funded by the Government of Canada through the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS).