Covid-19 Targeted Call Funded Projects
For many young people at risk of, or who are experiencing homelessness, COVID-19 has had a drastic impact on their lives. The service environments as well as public and private spaces that young people may access can increase their risk of contracting Coronavirus. Additionally, the pandemic may have a negative impact on the health and well-being of such youth, and their access to necessary services and supports. For young people, whose experience of homelessness differs from that of adults, it is important that solutions to youth homelessness be designed to meet the needs of developing adolescents and young adults. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted for many the need to move away from a response focusing on emergency services, to one that prioritizes prevention and sustainable exits from homelessness.
In June 2020, Making the Shift awarded $230,000 to 6 innovative and original research projects that address the implications of COVID-19 on youth homelessness. A common objective among all 6 projects is to enhance our understanding of how to provide better supports to young people who are precariously housed, at risk of homelessness and those experiencing homelessness.
The projects were recommended to the Board for funding by the MtS Research Management Committee, which is composed of Canadian and international researchers, policymakers, service providers and people with lived experience of youth homelessness.
The funded projects will generate knowledge that informs our current response to the pandemic, the recovery phase, and the future of our response to youth homelessness, and in particular, the necessity of making the shift to prevention.
The funded projects include 6 principal investigators (including 5 new to MtS) from 4 universities and 1 institution across Canada. They bring together a diverse selection of community partners. MtS awards were leveraged with more than $87,000 in-kind contributions from academic and community partners.
List of 2020 COVID-19 Funded Projects in Alphabetical Order
2019 MtS Funded Projects
Shortly after its launch in 2019, MtS kicked off its research strategy with a call for Expressions of Interest (EoI). Out of 69 initial applications, 21 were invited to submit a full proposal in September 2019. In December 2019, the MtS Board of Directors approved 8 proposals with a total funding envelope of $2,999,616.20. The recommendation for the funded projects came from the Research Management Committee, comprised of Canadian and international researchers, policymakers, people with lived experience of youth homelessness, and service providers. The funded projects include 8 principal investigators from 6 universities as well as two institutions and bring together a diverse selection of community partners. MtS awards were leveraged with more than $2 million in cash and in-kind contributions from academic and community partners.
The awarded projects share a common goal: to transform how we respond to youth homelessness through research and knowledge mobilization specific to youth homelessness prevention and housing stabilization.
Funding decisions were based on the proposal’s scientific excellence, their level of innovation, quality of partnerships and alignment with MtS’ vision and priority themes. As such, the funded projects align with the first four themes of the MtS research theme areas.
The funded projects showcase the power of collaboration between academic and non-academic partners in identifying innovative, impactful and comprehensive solutions. The projects will help position Canada as the world leader in research regarding effective solutions to youth homelessness in order to transform practice, policy, and systems planning that will create better outcomes for young people.