Researching peer support networks for youth experiencing homelessness, and identifying the need for such an initiative in Peterborough

Proj. #:4800
Description: Past research identified that Peterborough’s homelessness system lacks peer support and that "Peer System Navigators" would be helpful to youth experiencing homelessness. Similar programs exist in many other communities.This research project would involve an environmental scan of existing peer support programs, their structure, policies and approaches, and look at any existing research on best practices in homelessness peer support programs. The project will also work with existing AWHP research data to establish the level of need for a peer support program for homeless youth in Peterborough. This research will help AWHP to identify a potential gap in Peterborough’s homelessness system, and begin to design a program that might fill that gap.