Family Allies supports families that are economically disadvantaged and who are at risk of losing their housing. Family Allies addresses the need for stability in families living at or below the Core Need Income Threshold measure (CNIT). Specific family needs addressed are:
- Family Functioning
Eligible families are matched with a Housing Support Worker who works with the families to set goals toward safe, secure and appropriate housing as well as healthy family functioning. Parents are supported for a year to create a nurturing and safe family environment, and find/maintain safe, secure and affordable housing. Staff may meet with families in their homes, in a community setting or in the YMCA offices. There is additional contact and support by phone and email, as necessary.
What Family Allies Provides
- Supportive counselling and goal setting
- Home Visitation
- Family interactive programming and activities
- Personal and family advocacy
- Information and referrals to additional resources
How to access Family Allies
- Contact Family Allies to speak with the Family Allies supervisor about the program
- Complete with the Housing Support Worker a family assessment questionnaire to help identify family strengths and areas in which families need support
- Once intake is completed, families are able to use one-to-one support and/or participate in several other Family Allies program groups
For more information contact 780-426-9259 and ask for a Supervisor of Family Allies Program to set up an appointment.
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109 Years of the YMCA!
The YMCA has enjoyed 109 years of serving the community! We've certainly grown since 1907, with 1500+ employees, 500+ volunteers, 20 community program locations, 3 housing services sites, 57 child care programs and 9 service and program centres.
We can't wait for another 100 years of seeing the potential in everyone!
The YMCA offers a variety of programs aimed at strengthening the foundations of community, from outreach programs to housing support services. For more information, check out our community programs and housing initiatives guide.