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Eva’s Phoenix – Toronto Eva’s Phoenix is a transitional housing and training facility, which formally opened in June 2000. Prior to opening, Eva’s Phoenix ran its first successful employment training program funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) which supported 50 homeless and street-involved youth in life skills training and on-site employment on the Eva’s Phoenix construction site, with our partners: Carpenters Local 27, Interior Systems Contractors Association Local 675, and the Painters’ Union.

They come to The Doorway on their own initiative and are welcomed by community people who maintain an environment of acceptance and respect which is safe for personal starting points and nurtures trust. That safety is key to risk new choices and actions. Movement from street to non-street is achieved through a step-by-step planning and contracting process. Self-determined monthly steps for personal change are planned and discussed with community volunteers serving as cultural interpreters of the non-street world.

Transitional housing supports must go beyond emergency response and provision of basic needs. a) Accommodation i) A youth housing continuum – shelter, transitional housing, supportive housing using both public and private market housing stock, housing placement service b) Support i) Medium and longer term support for (1) Education (2) Pre-employment training (3) Legal (4) Health and mental health and complex needs (5) Follow-up c) Employment and training opportunities i) Comprehensive government-funded employment and training strategies, delivered by community-based organizations supporting gradual entry into the workforce ii) Increased support for community-based employment and training programs iii) Engaged private and public sector employers who create employment and training opportunities for youth d) Coordination and data collection i) Support identification of models of data collection – which contribute to understanding relevant issues ii) Provincially and federally coordinated funding to support community needs iii) Internal collaboration between government departments iv) Collaboration within communities with all key stakeholders Youth Homelessness in Canada : The Road to Solutions | 31 32 | Youth Homelessness in Canada : The Road to Solutions A ppendices Youth Homelessness in Canada : The Road to Solutions | 33 A ppendi x 1 Yo uth wo r ks study description Goals Youthworks was launched in January 2006.

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