"Building coalitions to end youth homelessness"

In Europa lopen 45% van de jongeren tussen 16 en 24 jaar die niet bij hun ouders wonen, het risico op armoede of sociale uitsluiting. Jongerenthuisloosheid vormt de kern van dit probleem. De internationale A Way Home beweging brengt lokale en nationale coalities samen om dit onrecht uit de wereld te helpen. Deze coalities ondernemen collectief actie tegen de structurele barrières en systeemfouten die deze sociale onrechtvaardigheid veroorzaken.

De eerste A Way Home coalitie in België werd gestart in Antwerpen in 2018. Sindsdien heeft Mind the Gap Antwerpen als pionier en succesvolle samenwerking meer dan 10 nieuwe regio's weten te inspireren zowel in Vlaanderen als in Brussel. Ondersteund door een Vlaamse projectgroep stampen zij sinds 2020 ook hun eigen coalities uit de grond.

Deze website verbindt deze coalities met elkaar en legt de verbinding met onze Europese en internationale partners. 



In 2015 in the EU, 45% of young people between 16 and 24 years old not living with their parents were at-risk-of-poverty or social exclusion. In the A Way Home project we build coalitions to support these young people as Babacar Konte from Verona.



Focus on aftercare policies

Young persons who have a past in care have a higher risk to become homeless. Too many youngsters who have left care, face exclusion from sustainable housing, work, education and leisure activities. A more efficient preparation of life after the care is needed, and a better understanding of the specific needs of the youngsters by social institutions and public services, once they have left care. The A Way Home project tackles these issues.

A first goal is to implement regional and local mechanisms and quality standards to support youth leaving care. The capacity of the professionals in aftercare are built up with tools and training. Young care leavers get structured and thorough aftercare, with themselves in the cockpit of their own aftercare trajectory. They will be better prepared in several life domains and have a better chance on a successful transition to an interdependent life. Under transition support tools, you can follow the activities the project partners develop to increase the capacity in aftercare of service providers

Secondly, we start local coalitions (from sectors as housing, education, employment, care, leisure, community initiatives, ...) who generate and implement a plan on preventing and ending youth homelessness. These local coalitions are built with the help of the A Way Home movement, started in Canada. This project aims at facilitating the emergence of A Way Home coalitions all over Europe. You can read more about these activities under the menu A Way Home Model.

The project activities are rolled out in Flanders and Carinthia.