Homes for marginalized youth ages 15-24 with wrap-around supports to empower them to grow into healthy, independent adults

Right now, there are over 750 youth in Calgary who are without a safe, stable place to call home. Studies show that a significant portion of homeless adults first experienced homelessness as a youth — thus, the importance of diverting youth from a life on the streets.

Through our Roofs for Youth program, the Calgary John Howard Society (CJHS) provides housing for youth who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, with support services based on their individual needs. The youth in our program may have involvement with the justice system and/or don’t have family supports, or involvement from child intervention services.

How it works

Staff develop strong, one-on-one relationships with youth, helping them with goal planning; relationship development; skill development; schooling; advocacy; employment support; help navigating and understanding the justice system; strengthening natural supports; stabilization and outreach. Youth pay rent based on 30% of their income. Participation in the program is voluntary and youth cannot be forced to stay.

Through these supports, youth are guided into adulthood with the skills they need to achieve independence. 

 

How to apply

To apply for youth housing programs, including Roofs for Youth, visit SORCe (317 – 7th Ave. SW) for an assessment.

 

Locations

  • Eight-bedroom house for youth ages 15-17
  • 24/7 on-site support with intensive case management
  • Nine-bedroom house for youth ages 18-24
  • 24/7 on-site support with intensive case management
  • Independent housing throughout Calgary for youth ages 15-24
  • Case-management, less intensive