Housing, Culture and Connections for Indigenous Youth.
Wicihitowin (formally known as Hope Homes for Indigenous Youth) is a program that provides safe and stable housing options and individualized supports for youth, 16-24 years old, who are Indigenous and experiencing homeless or are at risk of homelessness.
Wicihitowin (phonetic spelling: Wi-Chi-Hi-Towin) is a Cree word that means “to help mutually” and “the act of helping one another.” Connected to three other Cree words that mean love, empathy and kindness for all living beings, Wicihitowin can also be said in reference to the mutual assistance and respect between land and people.
Wicihitowin operates from Housing First, Harm Reduction and Trauma Informed Practice models of care and integrates a holistic Indigenous worldview.
To learn more about how Indigenous Homelessness is defined, click here.
Wicihitowin works with youth to:
- Access housing options including independent living, shared accommodation, supportive roommates, and community housing
- Engage in cultural learning and spirituality through traditional ceremony and cultural activity combined with community-based life skills
- Move towards their educational and employment goals
- Strengthen relationships with friends and family through ceremony, community and traditional activities
- Receive Indigenous resources and services
Wicihitowin is funded by Calgary Homeless Foundation.
For more information about Wicihitowin, please email:
To determine eligibility, a youth must complete an assessment through the Safe Communities Opportunity and Resource Centre (SORCe).
SORCe is located on the north side of the City Hall C-Train platform at 316 7 Ave S.E. and is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:15 pm.