Housing First for Youth Service Delivery Model

Practice Example: Rehousing


Practice what you've learned with this scenario.

Mark is 21 and getting ready to graduate from his HF4Y program. He was paying for the place all on his own and not getting the rent subsidy. Mark was sharing an apartment that he sublet from his friend, but 2 months ago the friend asked him to leave because Mark couldn’t pay rent. Mark was working but wasted his money on video games and alcohol. Mark left and got a place in a rooming house paying by the week which he was able to manage at first. But soon he lost that place for the same reasons and had nowhere to go but the shelter. With the help of the HF4Y program, he got out of the shelter and moved into a studio apartment. He needed to access the program’s rent subsidy again. He is still blowing money on video games and alcohol. Mark admits he’s never been good with money and last month he was barely able to scrape together his portion of the rent.

Mark’s case worker, Ravi, is concerned. He discusses his concerns with his co-worker, Ben.


Ravi worries that Mark will experience a series of evictions unless he is able to learn from his mistakes and change his behaviour. Thinking about the supports available in HF4Y programs, what supports might need to be in place to help Mark graduate? Nothing is going to work unless Mark is onboard and wants to make a change.


How might Ravi support and encourage Mark to make some positive changes?

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