Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Demonstration Lab
The genesis of the Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab is the Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Demonstration Lab project (MtS DEMS), also co-led by A Way Home Canada and the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness with support from the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing.
Funded in 2017 by the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS), MtS DEMS offers a space to develop, refine and test models of prevention and Housing First for Youth in real time in 10 cities in Ontario and Alberta. At the same time, these models are undergoing rigorous research and evaluation in order to both strengthen the service delivery, and therefore ensure the best possible outcomes for young people and their families, but also to contribute to the body of knowledge generated by the MtS Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab.
In subsequent phases, MtS DEMS will continue to function as the space within the MtS Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab for testing additional models of prevention and supporting sustained exits from homelessness.