Roofs for Youth: Discharge Planning and Support for Young People Leaving Detention—Pilot Project

Responding to Youth Homelessness: A Systems Approach Learning Series - Session #7

Keynote: Leslie McMechan, Executive Director of CJHS and Madelyn McDonald, Program Manager at Wood's Homes

The Roofs for Youth Program (Roofs) is a partnership between Wood’s Homes and the Calgary John Howard Society. Roofs provides reintegration support for chronically disengaged and homeless youth aged 15-18 years who are being released from the justice system without stable housing and support services. Roof’s provides a continuum of services from discharge planning to housing placement and then continuous case management supports to help the youth stay out of jail, remain housed and successfully transition to adulthood.

This learning series was made possible by a United Way York Region partnership with York University’s Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) Unit funded through a Public Outreach Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC); the Canadian Homelessness Research Network and Eva’s National Initiatives Program.

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