Ending Youth Homelessness in Yellowknife:Ambitious

Side Door's Executive Director Iris Hamlyn

Side Door in Yellowknife is an initiative in the city of Yellowknife that exists to prevent, reduce and end youth homelessness.

Side Door has Hope’ s Haven,  which is a transitional housing program , which provides both housing and supports for youth ages 15 to 24. Resource Centre 4 Youth schedules’ appointments from
Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm.

They are designated to provide Housing and Tenacy support , Employment , Literacy and Training and have Practical Supports and Life Skills which include
Mental Health and addictions. As well, Homeless2Hope is a plan designated to prevent and end youth homelessness in Yellowknife.

The Executive Director of Side Door is Iris Hamlyn. Hamlyn  says they have a new Program called Housing for You as well. Hamlyn says they will be housing ten youth within in a 9 month time frame. She adds while it is an ambitious  project, Side Door would not be able to accomplish this project without the dedication of paid staff and their volunteers.

Side Door has 17 paid staff. But, Hamlyn states they are always looking for volunteers. In order to volunteer with Side Door,  potential candidates need a resume and a criminal record check with the vulnerable sector check. Side Door is located at 4903 50th Street in Yellowknife, while Hope’s Haven is only a few blocks away on 52nd Street.

About the Author

Daniel MacKenzie
Returning to the airwaves after a 9 year absence, Dan MacKenzie worked as a news director in Rocky Mountain House Alberta and Thompson Manitoba. As well as a lead morning news anchor in Prince George and lead afternoon news anchor in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. As well, Dan worked the evening sports desk from 1998 to 2000 in Winnipeg. Dan did his journalism education at Red River College, completing in 1997.

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