What We Know

What We Know About Youth Homelessness

A Way Home Canada convened with community members and A Way Home Peterborough staff to carry out a system mapping exercise in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough. The goal of the systems mapping was to gain a better understanding of youth homelessness in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough, and develop a list of recommendations on way of addressing youth homelessness while engaging with the community.

The collaborative efforts resulted in the A Way Home Peterborough Report. 

Click here to view the Executive Summary


A Place for Youth: Youth Speak About Housing in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough and the Surrounding Area

In order to better understand the housing needs of youth experiencing homelessness in our community, the Housing and Supports working group and the Youth Engagement Facilitators created a survey to ask youth about their experiences with homelessness. Over 100 youth (aged 16-14)  and community members who experienced youth when they were young (aged 16-24) responded to the survey.

Four key themes emerged from this research that influence youth’s experiences with trying to find housing:  Safety, Comfort and Community; Discrimination; Housing and Finances; Relationships. 

Read the full report below:

Snap Shot of Homelessness In Nogojiwanong/Peterborough

A Way Home Peterborough developed an initial overview of youth homelessness in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough informed by the 2016 United Way Pit Count. We will continue to take biennial snap shots of youth homelessness in our community so we can gain a better understanding of what we, as a collaborative, need to do to reduce youth homelessness in our community.

2016 Overview


[Click to view full document]

2018 Overview


[Click to view full document]

AWHP Commonly Used Acronyms (…a start)

AYITW Aboriginal Youth in Transition Worker (Nijjkiwendidaa – “Niij”)

CAS Children’s Aid Society – KHCAS – Kawartha Haliburton CAS

Coordinated Entry A system designed to organize the response and resources for people experiencing homelessness. Individuals and families assessed using a common assessment tool and are prioritized for housing and resources based on their level of need.

By Name List A function of the coordinated entry system. A ‘by name’ list of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in the community organized by level of need. Allows individuals on the list to be matched with the appropriate housing and supports for their needs.

DBSCF Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services (DBCFS) –now the child protection provider for Indigenous children and youth (except Curve Lake who have a continued agreement with KHCAS)
EYOW Enhanced Youth Outreach Worker  (Peterborough Youth Services ‘PYS’)

FHT Family Health Team

HPS Homelessness Partnering Strategy (Federal funding)

HCRT  Homeless Coordinated Response Team (bi-weekly case conferencing function for high complexity homeless individuals)

HIFIS Homeless Individual and Family Information System. Data base mandated to be used by federal government. Used by shelters,

JHS John Howard Society

MOU Memorandum of understanding (formal agreement between two agencies)

SPDAT Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool. A common assessment tool used to assess the vulnerability of individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

VI-SPDAT Vulnerability Index Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool. A short version of the SPDAT to assess and triage (organize based on need) individuals quickly

VYSA   Voluntary Youth Services Agreement

YAP Youth Assessment Prioritization Tool. A common assessment tool developed for youth, more strength based and provides option for diversion and family reconnection. In final testing stages. Also includes a short pre-screen.

YHSW Youth Housing Support Worker (A Way Home Ptbo – based at YES Shelter)

YITW Youth in Transition Worker (YES Shelter)

YOW Youth Outreach Worker (YES Shelter)