what we do
A safe place to call home.
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.
Last year the Choices for Youth housing programs:
HOUSING & SHELTER
MEALS TO HOUSING
& SHELTER RESIDENTS
CFY uses a centralized approach towards housing, offering a wide range of programs. To access our programs, submit the form below and we will provide the best fit for you.
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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.
DO YOU NEED EMERGENCY SHELTER?
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 whether or not a young person is staying at The Choices Shelter.
The Lilly is a 14 unit, congregate living supportive housing model for youth. 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. Youth work with staff through individual support models aiming to remove lifestyle, housing, educational, and employment barriers to finding security and stability.
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. Youth who live at The Lilly take part in a variety of community programming – including group sessions, 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.
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.
The Soft Landing program operates from a Housing First model and aims to provide a rapid rehousing and shelter diversion approach for youth who are precariously housed, experiencing homelessness, or experiencing transitional homelessness between the ages of 16 and 29. The Soft Landing program also seeks to support youth to remain in or return to their home communities and provide support to prevent youth from entering into homelessness or at-risk situations when arriving in St. Johns.
Soft Landing offers a one stop entry into Housing, by offering a coordinated approach, meaning one referral to access Housing and supports within CFY’s housing and support programs.
If you or someone you know requires housing support, please download the referral from the link below.
Once completed, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 709.754.6102