Introduction to Housing First for Youth

Knowledge Check

Get ready to check your knowledge of section III.

1. HF4Y is a rights-based intervention which means:

   a)  Youth have a right to choose the type of housing they want (within reason).
   b)  We are obligated to take care of youth and keep them safe.
   c)  We have an obligation to offer housing when youth experience homelessness.

Reveal answer.

The correct answer is c). We have an obligation to offer housing within a rights-based approach to homelessness prevention.

2. True or False. In order to deliver HF4Y effectively, it is recommended that service agencies follow the model without changes. 

   a)  True
   b)  False

Reveal answer.

The correct answer is b) False.

3. A Positive Youth Development approach focuses on strengths not only risks or deficits. Which example below that illustrates a PYD approach?

   a)  A program delivers a “one-size-fits-all” program.
   b)  Services are provided to match the individual needs of the youth.
   c)  Program staff provide positive reinforcement as a reward for good behaviour.

Reveal answer.

The correct answer is b). Positive Youth Development sees youth as individuals with unique needs and strengths.

Main Takeaways

  • As a philosophy, HF4Y can guide an entire community and/or organization’s approach to youth homelessness. As a program, HF4Y should be viewed  as one key element of a community’s strategy to  end youth homelessness.
  • HF4Y programs must be developed and delivered within a human rights framework.
  • Supports and services must be youth-centered including program design, policies and practice.
  • There is a need for culturally specific and other adaptations for HF4Y to meet the needs of Indigenous youth and other key populations.