We recognize that it is impossible to address youth homelessness without bringing other key players to the table. These key players are school staff and local community agencies. While school staff are sometimes aware of students who are at risk of homelessness, they are not necessarily equipped with the knowledge and resources to address these needs. Local community agencies, on the other hand, are equipped with the necessary tools and resources but are unaware of those who are in need of their services. As such, the need for a collaborative response to homelessness is important.
The Upstream Project Canada is a collaborative venture between the following project partners: Raising the Roof, the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH), and A Way Home Canada.
Raising the Roof provides national leadership and raises public awareness about long-term solutions to homelessness. Raising the Roof will be responsible for supporting communities in the planning and implementation stages of the project, as well as coordinating the evaluation activities.
The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH) is a university-based research consortium committed to conducting and mobilizing research so that it has a greater impact on policy and practice. COH’s role in this initiative is thought-leadership, toolkit development, and evaluation support.
In addition to these project partners, The Upstream Project Canada has a collaborative partnership between Raising the Roof, participating schools, and partnering community agencies, which vary from one community to the next.