Bill Rees YMCA

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A Path to Home: Supporting Housing Needs for Newcomers is a National program working on reducing the visible and invisible barriers that immigrants and refugees face.   A Path To Home provides immigrants and refugees with dedicated access to specialized housing services to prevent homelessness, address ‘hidden’ housing issues, make the transition from homelessness to housing, and in the case of evictions provide necessary supports as needed.

Homelessness is a complex and multifaceted issue that consists of housing situations ranging from:

  • Rooflessness – living on the street or in emergency shelters
  • Houselessness – living in various types of shelters or institutions
  • Insecure housing – living under the threat of eviction or violence
  • Inadequate housing – living in unfit or overcrowded living conditions

Through participation in the A Path to Home Program, participants:

  • Acquire knowledge, skills and connections related to the Canadian work environment
  • Gain knowledge of life in Canada, including laws, rights and responsibilities
  • Have connections to communities and public institutions
  • Receive appropriate information and services to address housing and settlement needs
  • Make informed decisions about life in Canada, enjoy rights and act on their responsibilities in Canadian society

Requirements for Access to the Homeward Bound Program

  • Immigrant or resettled refugee
  • Homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • Face multiple barriers to integration
  • Been in Canada for more than one year but less than three years
  • Not yet a Canadian Citizen

Program Services

A Path to Home provides participant-centred services in supporting newcomers to locate and obtain affordable, appropriate housing and gain the necessary skills to maintain that housing.  In addition to assisting participants to locate and secure housing, A Path to Home offers:

  • Workshops focused on life skills, financial literacy, housing rights, utility grants and rent bank loans
  • One-to-one supportive counselling with a focus on building and strengthening the skills needed to succeed in Canada
  • Interpretation, volunteering and employment needs
  • Accompaniments
  • Referrals

For more information or to make a referral please contact: 

Michael Peters
mpeters@northernalberta.ymca.ca
Senior Directior | Bill Rees Community and Housing Initiatives
10211 - 105 Street, NW T5J 1E3
Phone: (780) 429 - 9622



Bill Rees YMCA

View Larger Map 10211 105 ST NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 1E3
Phone: 780-429-9622
  • Education and Training
  • Employment Services
  • Housing Supports
  • Youth Supports

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