The Homelessness Prevention Case Manager (HPCM) strives towards homelessness prevention for youth, aged 16-25 years, who are street-involved and/or homeless to (re)transition off the streets, out of unfit and unstable housing, into appropriate and stable housing opportunities. The HPCM assists with obtaining a housing placement and providing case management support for youth to maintain housing. Case management is focused on providing support for youth to find, obtain and maintain safe, appropriate and affordable housing is available. The HPCM offers assistance conducting housing searches, attending housing viewings, building relationships with landlords and navigating financial resources and programs, such as Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Project, which provide an income for rent and other housing related costs/needs and help participants move into their housing.
“Although I don’t love this place, I am happy to be out of shelter”
“I can’t wait to be out on my own and living with people that are going to push me to grow”
The HPCM works in collaboration under the Youth Housing Support Project with Catholic Children’s Aid Society, Wesley Urban Ministries, Good Shepherd Notre Dame House and Social Planning Research Council. The Youth Housing Support Project is under the directive of the Street Youth Planning Collaborative.
The Youth Housing Support Project (YHSP) is a project of the Street Youth Planning Collaborative lead by the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton with Living Rock Ministries, Good Shepherd Youth Services, and Westley Urban Ministries – Youth Services as service delivery partners. The YHSP provides street-involved and homeless youth with a comprehensive range of supports that addresses the unique housing needs of youth. The project began in April 1, 2015.
There is a full-time Intensive Community Case Manager (ICCM) to support chronically and episodically homeless youth 16-25 years old. This role provides up to 2 years of case management that will transition youth from experiencing homelessness into having permanent housing and being connected to community supports they need to remain housed. The objective of this role under the Youth Housing Support Project is Homelessness Reduction.
In addition to the ICCM role, we have a Youth Housing First Landlord Liaison that works out of Westley Urban Ministries. He accesses market housing units for clients by working with landlords and property management companies to secure rental units. In many ways, his position is tasked with “selling the program” and promoting prospective tenants in the open rental market.
MON, WED, THURS, FRI :8:00AM - 4:30PM
TUESDAY: 4:30 - 8:00PM
LIVING ROCK MINISTRIES
30 WILSON STREET
HAMILTON, ONT L8R 1C5
CHARITY #88345 8812 RR0001
62 YOUTH FOUND AND MAINTAINED
638 Number of INDIVIDUAL female youth
1,040 Number of INDIVIDUAL male youth
57 Number of INDIVIDUAL female youth
38 Number of INDIVIDUAL male youth
2 Number of INDIVIDUAL youth not identifying gender
800 Total number of youth visits