Housing Services (Transitional Housing)

The Transitional Housing program offers accommodation for up to five (5) youth.  Located in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, the house is staffed 24-7 and operated by a Program Manager.

Under a new foyer model designed to provide a safe, supportive environment, youth between the ages of 16-24 can overcome and manage trauma, begin to address the issues that have led to homelessness, and begin to rebuild their support network. Transitional housing will support youth in building self-confidence and self-sustainability needed to reach their highest potential for independence. Prior to participating in the program, youth may have been experiencing ongoing housing instability, alongside additional risks such as addictions, trauma, family conflict, violence, and exploitation.  

Our Transitional Housing program focuses on the following developments:

  • Education and Employment
  • Connection with Family and Natural Supports
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Strengths-Based Practices
  • Collaborative and Proactive Approach with a Focus on Prevention

We offer long-term housing and comprehensive support in a safer, comfortable, and more inclusive environment to youth who are at risk of experiencing homelessness. The Transitional Housing program supports youth in building the self-confidence and independence needed to live sustainably on their own after their time in transitional housing.

In alignment with Pictou County Roots for Youth's core values, the Transitional Housing program is operated and based on the following values:

Empathy: Roots for Youth operates from a Trauma-Informed and Youth-Centered approach, using strengths-based practices and youth-centered case management.

Direction: Our Staff support Youth Voice-Youth Choice options for self-identifying specific goals to achieve a self-sustainable adulthood.

Equity: Roots for Youth staff demonstrate and role model healthy and effective communication, conflict resolution, and empathy. Roots for Youth staff work to educate and equip youth with all the individual tools they need to self-determine their success regardless of their history.

Safety: Roots for Youth strives to provide a safer space for youth clients through a harm-reduction model. Roots for Youth aims to educate and equip youth clients with the skills and strategies to effectively handle crisis and conflict situations even after their time in transitional housing.

Advocacy: Our staff not only step-in to advocate for youth, but also teach youth how to advocate for themselves and others.

Diversity: Roots for Youth aims to create space for every unique individual by recognizing, honoring, and celebrating all diverse backgrounds and identities.

We acknowledge that the land that we live and work on, Mi'kma'ki, is the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi'kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) people first signed with the British Crown in 1725.