Housing First for Youth Service Delivery Model

Indigenous-led HF4Y Programs

In Canada, there are two distinguished examples of HF4Y programs that have been adapted for Indigenous youth: the Boys and Girls Club of Calgary Home Fire program, and Endaayaang. Endaayaang was developed in partnership with the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre (HRIC) as part of the Making the Shift Youth  Homelessness Demonstration Lab (MtS Dems). They use a case management model that was developed to adapt HF4Y to meet the needs of Indigenous youth.

Endaayaang case management model

In the video, Sheryl Green talks about the Endaayaang case management model and a tool they developed to engage youth with the core teachings. The tool allows Endaayaang case managers to show how HF4Y core principles align with the circle of courage (belonging, mastery, independence and generosity) and the seven grandfather teachings.

We wanted to create a [case management] model that focuses on culture, empowerment, resiliency and nurturing and foster the spirit of young people. (Sheryl Green, Project Manager, Endaayaang).

Indigenous youth at Endaayaang will achieve success outcomes when they:

  • recognize their gifts
  • get connected to community
  • feel good about themselves and their future.