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.

Emergency Shelter

3,900 youth between the ages of 16-24 provided with safe shelter and support over 30 years.

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Employment Training

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