Introduction to Housing First for Youth

HF4Y Part 1 Wrap Up

Introduction to Housing First for Youth (HF4Y) is the first of 3 online training on HF4Y.

Where we’ve been

In section I you learned about pathways into homelessness for youth and some key factors that prevent youth from exiting homelessness. You also learned about a youth homelessness prevention strategy and how Housing First for Youth can support youth to maintain housing stability and make successful transitions to adulthood. You also learned about the five core principles of HF4Y in section II and some practical ways to apply the principles in practice. Finally, you explored the philosophy of HF4Y and how these can be applied with community plans to prevent youth homelessness.

Where we’re going next

In Part 2 of this training series, you will learn more about the HF4Y program model. In section I, you will explore the types of housing models that can be offered within HF4Y programs. You will learn about the importance of choice and how it can be offered even when housing options are limited. You will also review the range of supports that are provided in HF4Y programs. Finally, in section II, you will explore the relationship between program objectives and outcomes and learned about the importance of evaluation and conducting fidelity assessments.

What’s coming up ahead

In Part 3, you will review how HF4Y is operationalized as a housing-led program of supports for youth. Section I describes the service design including staffing, hiring and training, and supervision of the HF4Y team. In section II, you will explore approaches to case management and working with youth. Finally, in section III you will examine ways that HF4Y programs can be adapted for specific populations and explore specific examples of HF4Y programs in Canada and Europe.

Final Thoughts

Now that you have reached the end, share your reflections and feedback with others who are taking this training. Post your comments in the Forum - Closing Reflections

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