On any given night, more than 6,000 Canadian youths are homeless.
To help these vulnerable young people put their homelessness behind them and live safe, productive lives, the United Way Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington embarked on a mission to prevent and end youth homelessness in our region. To learn more read the 2019 Report (pdf) on Youth Homelessness
- Youth Services List (2019 – pdf)
- 2019 Youth Homelessness Report (March 2019 – pdf)
- Youth Stories
- Youth Employment Strategy
- 2018 Youth Homelessness Report
In May of 2019, Bhavana Varma, CEO of the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington, was interviewed by Lynn Fergusson of Social Impact Advisors. The conversation focused on the progress that has been made on youth homelessness in KFL&A and the role and challenges of being the backbone organization for a collective impact project. Bhavana explained the strategies used to tackle youth homelessness and shared advice for other communities.
Lennox and Addington Youth Hub
Recognizing that unique solutions are needed to address the unique needs of rural youth, the new Lennox & Addington Youth Hub was established. Thanks to the great support from the County of Lennox & Addington, PELASS and Kingston Community Health Centres the United Way KFL&A has partnered to bring twenty agencies into this one location. For more information see the Youth Hub Media Release.
Youth Homelessness Documents
Working closely with a steering committee and a youth committee, United Way of KFLA has been providing backbone coordination on a Youth Collective Impact initiative, Ending Youth Homelessness in Kingston and Area.
In 2014 a Community Plan to End Youth Homelessness in Kingston and Area was released. This plan was framed by the voice of local youth, with input from front-line service providers, funders, community members, youth. The Action Plan is included below and includes strategies with clear goals, objectives, implementation steps and timelines. An update has been added, which includes implementation, a theory of change, management and governance and a creative campaign to increase awareness about the issue. For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 613-542-2674.
- Youth Homelessness Summary
- Transformational Gift ($1.2Million Gift)
- Implementation of the Plan (March 2016)
- Youth Homelessness Facts (November 2015)
- Youth Out Loud: Taking Action to End Homelessness
in Kingston and Area (October 2014)