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Family Programming


Strengthening Families Program: Our House Your House

Our House Your House is a family skills training program modeled on the Strengthening Families program (SFP), an evidence-based clinical intervention that was found highly effective in improving family relations and reducing risk factors in children and youth.

Our House Your House engages families and youth (aged 12-17) living in designated community housing in Scarborough who are at moderate to high risk of criminal involvement. The 14-week group program includes three core components which are each an hour in duration:  youth class, parent class and family practice class. It also includes limited individual and family counseling/ case management for the participants.

Seven communities in the GTA have been identified for Our House Your House project implementation; Flemingdon Park (Ward 26), Warden Woods (Ward 35), Empringham Mews (Ward 42), Kingston and Galloway (Ward 43), Gilder (Ward 37), Markham and Lawrence (Ward 38) and Chester Le (Ward 39).

Our House Your House is funded by Public Safety Canada and will finish its five-year research project in June 2019.

How to access services: Referrals will be accepted through partner organizations, including Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), Caring & Safe Schools program, Child Welfare, community partners and Toronto Police Service.