YAP - Canada’s first tool for assessing youths’ risk of homelessness and identifying needed supports
Youth homelessness is distinct from adult homelessness in terms of its causes and consequences, and also in how we must consider and apply interventions. As outlined in the Canadian Definition of Youth Homelessness, youth-based strategies and interventions addressing the needs of young people between 13-24 must be distinct from those developed for adults who experience homelessness.
The Youth Assessment and Prioritization Tool (YAP), a new and innovative way to assess youths’ risk of homelessness and identify the supports they need, puts this recommendation into practise.
This youth-focused assessment tool is the first of its kind in Canada; it includes questions and screener designed to highlight a young person’s strengths, homelessness risk factors and the complexity of their lives. The YAP also provides helpful information in determining appropriate referrals and prioritization for housing programs and other services.
This article from The Tyee provides an excellent introduction to the YAP and it’s origins. However, if you’d like to learn more, tune in to A Way Home Canada’s next webinar. Sixth in a series of Youth Homelessness Community Planning webinars, this webinar will outline the unique features of the YAP tool and how it works in combination with tools you may already be using.
Register for the Webinar on Thursday, September 28th from 1- 2:30pm (EDT).
The YAP tool is also part of the federally funded Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab, to collect data and evidence on youth homelessness innovations in Canada. Launched in April 2017, the goal of Making the Shift is to ensure that young people have housing stability as well as family and other supports to stay in school or access training and employment.
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