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Background

Youth Excelling and Attaining Housing (YEAH!)

Please note:

Due to high demand, the Youth Excelling and Attaining Housing (YEAH!) Program waitlist is currently closed. The YEAH! Program is not currently accepting referrals. The reopening date of the waitlist has yet to be determined. Please check back on our website for updates on when the waitlist will reopen: https://www.watari.ca/youth-programs-watari/yeah/

The Youth Excelling and Attaining Housing (YEAH!) Program (formerly known as TTIP) is an 18-month housing subsidy program intended to support youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, have other identified risk factors, are in financial need, and feel ready, with support, to live independently.  The aim of the program is to support youth with working towards overall wellness, stability, and integration with their community so that they are capable and feel confident in maintaining market housing on their own once they complete the YEAH! Program.

The YEAH! Program works in the community to support youth with finding and maintaining safe, affordable, market housing, while encouraging their continued commitment to their goals around mental wellness, physical wellness, life-skills, education, and employment. The YEAH! Program offers support with housing searches, viewing places to rent, communicating with landlords, outreach support, individualized wellness planning, learning life-skills, group sessions focusing on psychoeducational and life-skills topics, connecting with education and employment support and opportunities, access to Food Bank, start-up supplies, and a rental supplement of up to $450 per month.

Who can participate?

Youth who:
• Are between the ages of 16 – 24 years old (youth can start the program beyond the age of 25, as long as they have completed a referral before they turn 25 years old).
• Are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
• Have other identified risk factors.
• Are in need of financial assistance (based on individual assessments).
• Are willing to live in the metro Vancouver/greater Vancouver area.
• Are willing to attend appointments with the YEAH! Program Case Manager at least once per month.
• Are willing to attend YEAH! Program monthly psychoeducational/life-skills group sessions.
• Are connected with at least one other professional whom provides them with support. They must meet with this person at least once per month. This may be a counsellor, psychiatrist, social worker, mental health worker, support worker, employment counsellor, or other professional.
• Are working towards becoming more financially independent.
• Have a plan to work towards life goals, such as education and/or employment.
• Agree to follow the program guidelines.
• Voluntarily wish to participate.

While in the program, youth are expected to meet with the YEAH! Program Case Manager at least once per month, meet with another professional support at least once per month, attend YEAH! Program group sessions at least once per month, and continually work towards life goals. Life goals may include vocational, educational, recovery-based, and other goals which support wellness, stability and integration into the participants’ community.

If you would like more information about the program, please contact:
Dustin – YEAH! Program Case Manager at:
604-782-9417
or email him at: Dustin@watari.ca
Background

YEAH! Parenting Program

NOTE: YEAH! Parenting Program Waitlist is now FULL. We are still accepting referrals at this time.

The YEAH! Parenting Program (formerly known as TTIPII) follows the same guidelines and principles of the YEAH! program. However, this program targets homeless pregnant or parenting youth between the ages of 16-24.

The YEAH! Parenting Program is also an 18 month program that is designed to providing housing support and subsidy to pregnant or parenting youth working on their substance youth, mental health and parenting issues. Commitment to developing self-reliant young people, this program focuses on living skills, critical thinking, and health community relationships.

For more information about the YEAH! Parenting Program, please call Lavern at:

604-726-8852

or email her at: lavern@watari.ca

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