The Upstream Project (TUP) is one of Raising the Roof’s main programs, and although it is relatively new, we have achieved some important milestones over the past year.
What is The Upstream Project?
Raising the Roof believes that there is a need to shift away from responding to homelessness, towards preventing it from occurring in the first place. TUP focuses specifically on preventing youth homelessness by working with participating schools to survey grade 7-12 students. Surveying students is the best way to determine who is at-risk of homelessness and of school dropout. Results from the survey allow us to assess which students are struggling and consequently, enable us to provide them with appropriate supports they may need to stay in school and to maintain safe, stable housing.
Where are we now?
The Upstream Project is currently in its pilot phase. We have recently piloted TUP in the Niagara Region, and are currently working to implement the project in our second pilot community – York Region. We are very excited to share that the project will be implemented at 3 additional schools (one elementary school and two high schools) in York Region.
Raising the Roof works under an anti-oppressive and all-inclusive framework, and therefore recognizes that homelessness does not affect every group or community in the same way. This is why we’re excited to be working with the Brandon Friendship Centre in Manitoba to indigenize TUP. This will ensure that TUP is relevant and adaptable to indigenous communities.
When is the next phase starting?
The next phase of TUP is to scale up the project in additional communities across Canada, such as Ottawa, Hamilton, Kingston, Brandon, Calgary, and Victoria.