Housing First is an innovative new philosophy on how to eliminate chronic homelessness in Canada. The program couples immediate access to housing, with the continued care of a support worker who monitors the participant’s social progress and helps guide them to a better future.

Studies suggest that in BC, nearly half of foster youth will experience homelessness within three years of leaving care. With no support, the transition to self-sufficiency is exceedingly difficult, especially with rising levels of living and education costs. This is why over 40% of parented Canadian youth are opting to live at home until their mid to late 20s. Young people in and from care typically do not have this option.

Access to housing and the continued development of youth, through Aunt Leah’s The Link program, can change this outcome and give local foster youth a platform for longterm success.

Aunt Leah’s Place supports youth by providing:

  • No age restrictions
  • A trusted housing procurement worker for one on one support and guidance to help secure and maintain housing
  • Rent subsidies
  • Help with resumes, job searching, and employment programs
  • Emergency food and clothing
  • Application help for income assistance and/or disability support
  • Use of a computer with Internet, printer, and telephone

For more information or to apply for admission into The Link: Housing First, please contact the Link Coordinator at 604-525-1204 ext. 224

Funding Provided By:


This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy.

HPS Funds for the Metro Vancouver community are managed by Metro Vancouver in partnership with the Vancity Community Foundation and the Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness


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