Youth Homelessness Prevention
In 2015/16, Argus launched a pilot to deepen our diversion practices. Over an 11 month period, 41 youth were prevented from becoming homeless or diverted from emergency shelter to safe accommodation. Youth were provided with support and given the tools they needed to find or maintain housing. This pilot conservatively saved the system an estimated $94,290.00 while improving shelter capacity. It did not require additional resources to implement. It was facilitated by one staff member at one location.
Summer 2016, Argus develops a Youth Homelessness Prevention and Diversion Tool: A Housing First & Strength-Based Approach to Preventing Youth Homelessness in Waterloo Region.
Currently, Argus is averaging 17 homelessness preventions or diversions per month.
3,900 youth between the ages of 16-24 provided with safe shelter and support over 30 years.
98% of youth experiencing homelessness indicated that they felt safe at Argus
95% reduced their exposure to risks associated with outdoor living, transiency or abuse
92% of youth increased their sense of food security 4 days after intake
80% of youth experiencing homelessness increased their capacity to participate in a housing support intervention plan tailored to the degree of vulnerability and chronicity, by a significant amount, by week two of intake
75% of youth experiencing homelessness significantly increased their capacity to live independently or co-operatively, by securing an independent living arrangement or returning home, at discharge
Since 2011, 81% of youth who participated in a Skills Link employment program at Argus, secured employment or returned to school within 1 month following their employment intervention with us.
STEP Home – Steps to End Persistent Homelessness
8 youth intensively supported to find and maintain housing in 2016.
Uptown Thrift – Social Enterprise
100% of sale proceeds will be used to create 25 jobs for youth in 2016
Nearly 1M pounds of waste diverted from landfill