Choices for Youth focuses first and foremost on finding stable housing for youth, as a critical step to reducing crises, and as an important springboard for accessing additional supports. Over the past year, Choices for Youth housed and provided shelter for 168 youth and emerging adults.
To learn more about the various types of housing options available at CFY, explore below, or use the program buttons above.
the choices shelter
In times of crisis - with limited support and few options - young people need a place to stay, a hot meal, and someone to talk to. The Choices Shelter is an emergency shelter, welcoming youth between the ages of 16 and 29 who identify as male or who are gender non-conforming.
Young people are able to stay at the shelter for up to a month, while working closely with shelter staff on their housing plan and on connecting to other support services and agencies to help them move forward when their stay at the shelter comes to an end.
Over the past year, the Choices Shelter:
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As an accessible, safe, and immediate option to begin work towards greater stability, The Choices Shelter is an essential service in our community, providing a safety net for young people who find themselves in extremely difficult and stressful circumstances.
The Choices Shelter for Young Men and Gender Non-Conforming Youth
12-16 Carter's Hill Place,
St. John's, NL
Please note: Due to privacy regulations, we cannot confirm or deny whether or not a young person is staying at The Choices Shelter.
The Lilly is a 14 unit, congregate living housing model for youth that works. Both the programming and the physical layout of the building promote a sense of community, while maintaining individual home spaces in a youth-friendly environment. Participants work with staff through individual support models aiming to remove lifestyle, housing, educational, and employment barriers to finding security and stability. For most of the young people who come to stay at The Lilly, it is the first time they have lived in a safe and stable home environment.
The building consists of 1 and 2 bedroom units, with shared community spaces in the larger kitchens and eating areas, as well as in the living, recreational, music, and art spaces. Residents of The Lilly take part in a variety of community programming - including camping and hiking trips, yoga and meditation, drumming circles, and goal-setting sessions. Alongside this, youth must also be prepared to engage in employment and/or educational training programs.
Looking to become a part of The Lilly program? Download the referral form linked below.
The RallyForward program provides at-risk youth and emerging adults, between the ages of 16-29, access to affordable housing, paired with a system of wrap-around supports. With 26 housing placements spread over multiple homes in the St. John's area, this program focuses on intensive case management, housing stability, eviction prevention, and supports for mental health and addictions for its residents.
Participants have access to safe and affordable housing, receive individualized supports, and take part in group activities and sessions - all with an emphasis on youth choices, self-determination, and harm reduction.
Looking to become a part of the RallyForward program? Download the referral form linked below.
The Homelessness Prevention & Rapid Rehousing program is an initiative in partnership with End Homelessness St. John's that provides targeted, time-limited, financial assistance and support service for those experiencing homelessness in order to help them quickly exit emergency shelters and then retain housing. The program directs clients with lower acuity levels using case management and financial supports to assist with the cost of housing.
To learn more about the Rapid Rehousing program, contact Robert Parsons.
Through End Homelessness St. John's, Choices for Youth and Stella's Circle co-manage Front Step, a community-based program offering personalized support services and housing for youth and adults who have experienced the longest and most frequent episodes of homelessness.
To learn more about the Front Step program, contact Stella's Circle.