Early Intervention

In this report we tackle the critical issue of early intervention – a key component of any comprehensive approach to youth homelessness prevention. This report outlines a system of care for early intervention, drawing together three key areas of focus: (a) Integrated Services, Integrated Systems; (b) Coordinated Entry; and (c) Case Management. This system of care provides the framework for implementing five early intervention program areas, including:

  • Enhancing family and natural supports
  • School-based early intervention
  • Shelter diversion
  • Housing-led supports
  • Preventing sexual exploitation and trafficking

This report is one of a six-part series on youth homelessness prevention, drawing from The Roadmap for the Prevention of Youth Homelessness. The Roadmap is designed to support a paradigm shift to prevention by providing a clear definition of youth homelessness prevention, offering a framework and common language for prevention policy and practice, reviewing the evidence for prevention, and highlighting practice examples from around the world. Each report in the series explores one element of youth homelessness prevention, providing a framework for targeted action and change in that area. 

Amanda Buchnea
Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
A Way Home Canada
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