Aunt Leah’s Place provides housing and homelessness prevention for youth from care and families at-risk of losing child custody. Aunt Leah’s uses a variety of strategies to help keep participants housed: rental supplements, landlord relations, tenancy education, shared/supportive housing, 2nd stage housing, mixed-income apartments, scattered site housing, damage deposits, suite set-ups, rehousing, and regular site visits.
Our programs target the entry and exit points of the foster care system, with a goal of providing supports, resources and opportunities similar to those provided by average Canadian families. As such, over the past five years – and in response to unaffordable rental housing markets – Aunt Leah’s has supported an increasingly greater proportion of its participants with housing and subsidies.
Our Housing Programs:
Aunt Leah’s House
Aunt Leah’s House provides safe, supported housing for pregnant and parenting teen moms currently in government care. Here, young women can prepare for their delivery, learn parenting skills and bond with their new babies in a safe and supportive environment. Each mom receives services tailored to their individual abilities and needs.
Aunt Leah’s Thresholds program provides supported housing and services for new moms at risk of losing custody of their child. Moms live in a safe, caring home environment where they can learn how to care for their baby with the guidance of our staff and a Family Support Worker.
The Support Link program provides transitional housing for teens currently in foster care who are looking to become independent and live on their own. With the help of Aunt Leah’s supportive community of staff and peers, youth participating in Support Link learn essential life skills that give them the confidence and ability to maintain their quality of life as they transition out of government care.
The Link: Housing First
The Link: Housing First program is a further extension of The Link program, which provides at-risk or homeless participants immediate access to housing and regular support services. The Housing First program ensures that youths in great need can enter difficult rental markets, avoid homelessness, and develop essential life skills.
The Friendly Landlord Network
The Friendly Landlord Network is a Metro Vancouver-wide network of homeowners and property managers, who rent suites to youth transitioning out of government care. Friendly Landlords receive market rent and tenancy support from a coalition of experienced youth serving organizations.
Housing and Education Link Program Subsidy (HELPS)
The HELPS program provides housing subsidies to former foster kids so they may continue to pursue their education in a supportive space. Youth participating in HELPS can focus on their studies while making positive steps towards independence with the help of Aunt Leah’s support staff.
Lale House gives safe, affordable communal housing for young people transitioning from foster care within a single-detached home. The house provides shared accommodation for 4-5 young people at a time.