Homelessness Prevention

When someone calls for emergency shelter in Waterloo Region, our first step is to work with them to prevent or end their homelessness experience. Research shows the longer a person experiences homelessness the greater the consequences to their health, opportunities and future.

At Argus, we use a strength-based approach to preventing or ending youth homelessness. We do this by:

Increasing attachments to family (parents and extended family) when it is safe to do so

Increasing attachments to natural supports when it is safe to do so

Referring people to the right resources at the right time

Educating people on the importance of Housing First

Citing research outlining the implications of homelessness

Advocating for people by encouraging community organizations and institutions to adopt Housing First versus Shelter First referral practices

Recognizing that people are not a homogeneous group and each person's situation is unique

Decreasing assumptions, accessing resources and focusing on strengths and abilities

At Argus, our goal with youth homelessness prevention and shelter diversion, is to end or prevent a young person from becoming homeless within 6 hours of their call to us. If we can’t prevent their homeless experience, we will help them explore safe, temporary accommodation and provide them with the resources to support permanent housing. If you are in need of emergency shelter and would like to discuss your options, please call the Prevention and Diversion line at 519-624-9133. We are available 24/7 for all youth and adults 18 and over.

CARE Homes

Argus maintains two licenses with the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services to operate two trauma informed homes for children and youth, ages 14-18, in care. Argus has entered into a 3-year agreement with Cornell University to implement Children And Residential Experiences: Creating Conditions for Change (CARE) practice model.

Argus continuously strives to offer exemplary accommodation for young people in our care. Argus incorporates principles of trauma informed design in our spaces by way of paint colour, furniture selection, plants and lighting.

Social Enterprise – Uptown Thrift

Located at 742 King Street East, Cambridge, in the heart of the Uptown Preston, Uptown Thrift is a job creation social enterprise which focuses on the sale of good quality, reusable items. Uptown Thrift exists to create low barrier, deliberately inclusive employment for youth in order to afford a place to call home and to develop skills, lead and thrive. 100% of store proceeds are used to create youth employment.

You can help by donating good quality gently used clothing, household and décor items, furniture, kitchenware.

We will pick up your gently used furniture from the garage or front porch!