In partnership with the Council of Yukon First Nations, we were honoured to assume operations of the Housing First residence in the spring of 2021.
Initially developed and delivered by the Government of Yukon in 2019, we recognize and respect the work that the Housing First Residence team has done over the past year. We are delighted to collaborate with CYFN as we build on this work, and to bring our values and experience to serve residents and the community.
The Housing First Residence is a 16-unit low-barrier supportive housing residence in Whitehorse. Residents receive onsite 24/7 support from staff trained to provide trauma-informed, solution-focused, strengths-based, and culturally appropriate services.
The Housing First model is an approach to ending homelessness that provides people with immediate access to permanent housing with no housing readiness or compliance requirements; it is recovery-oriented and centres on self-determination, harm reduction, and community integration.
Through funding and support of the Yukon Government, the Housing First Residence supports individuals who are experiencing chronic or episodic homelessness, who may require various types of support due to mental health or substance use challenges.
Staff assist individuals to meet their self-determined needs and goals through supports including:
- Life-skill development
- Goal setting & community inclusion
- Mental health and wellness support
- Support for independent living
- Harm Reduction resources and knowledge
Residents have access to on-site programming and supports, including cultural supports and programming led by the Council of Yukon First Nations.
- Reduce homelessness by providing immediate, low-barrier housing and wraparound supports to enhance individual’s overall independence and quality of life
- Have a history of homelessness or poverty affecting the ability to find and secure housing
- Experience complex barriers to housing, such as involvement or risk of involvement in the criminal justice system, physical or developmental disabilities, or mental health challenges
- Other admission criteria specific to the program funding