Introduction to Housing First for Youth

Spotlight: Infinity Project

The Boys and Girls Club of Calgary runs the Infinity Project, one of the first Housing First for Youth (HF4Y) programs in Canada. It has been serving youth 16-24 in Calgary since 2008.

Infinity Project

The Infinity Project is a HF4Y program run by The Boys and Girls Club of Calgary (BGCC). Infinity provides young people on the homeless continuum, aged 16-24, with a permanent home in the community of their choice and the supports they need to become independent and self-sufficient. Staff work with youth to help identify affordable and appropriate housing options, develop life skills (such as learning to budget, clean a home and interact with landlords) and prepare for independent adult living.

Using the HF4Y philosophy allowed the BGCC to design programs that met the needs of the general youth experiencing homelessness population, as well as the more specific sub-population of Indigenous youth.

In 2008, 20% of all homeless individuals in Calgary were youth. It was clear that youth-specific solutions were desperately needed. BGCC designed the programs using the HF4Y philosophy to meet the needs of youth experiencing homelessness in the community. A few years later, the BGCC introduced Home Fire which is the first Indigenous-led HF4Y program.