Integrating insights, expanding knowledge: supporting the community strategy to prevent and end youth homelessness in Ottawa

A Way Home Ottawa (AWHO) is a community-based initiative to end and prevent youth homelessness in the Ottawa region. In 2016 Carleton researchers Justin Langille and Dr. Kennelly worked with AWHO to ask youth and adult service providers what improvements need to be made to the existing system to ensure youth always have access to housing and support. Over 70 youth and 50 adult support staff shared valuable perspectives and carved out a new direction for the future. In this second phase, Langille and Kennelly will work further with AWHO to create deeper understandings of the perspectives of First Nations, Métis, Inuit, new Canadian and LGBTQ communities on youth homelessness and their unique visions for the future. The knowledge developed through the two Mitacs internships will be shared with other professionals working to solve youth homelessness in Canada during a conference at Carleton University in the fall of 2017.

Faculty Supervisor:

Jacqueline Kennelly


Justin Langille


Alliance to End Homelessness




Management of companies and enterprises


Carleton University



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