Our Goal...

To offer youth experiencing homelessness a safe, supported living environment as they develop the skills to make positive lifestyle choices and live independent, productive lives in the community.

We Provide...

NOVA offers all youth, ages 16 to 24, the time they need to properly work through issues that have derailed their lives and the unconditional acceptance and supports they need to move forward.

• Provides a low-barrier housing solution to youth who may have been street involved, who may be struggling with drugs, alcohol, isolation and/or mental health issues.

• Operates primarily from the Harm Reduction and Housing First philosophies.

• Consists of 2 program models located at the same site in order to provide appropriate approaches to residents depending on where they are at in the change process.

• STAY (Successfully Transitioning All Youth) provides 17 beds to young people who are committed to making changes in their lives. Residents of STAY can reside at NOVA for up to 18 months and will work closely with their individual Case Workers to identify goals and overcome the barriers they may face.

• REST (Respect, Equality, Self-Care, Tools) offers 3 beds to young people who need a safe place to stay for a limited amount of time.  While in the REST program, young people are given the opportunity to have their basic needs met while they re-connect with resources.

Our Services...

We offer a home and supports: recreation, life skills groups, and career or upgrading information. We create a non-judgemental atmosphere, where young people progress at the pace that suits them. Mental health and addictions supports are available onsite.

We expect each resident to enroll in educational upgrading, a personal development program or to find employment. Eventually youth will transition to safe, secure, sustainable housing.


Residents of NOVA must be:
• Willing to enter the program voluntarily.

• Committed to developing goal plans to meet their individualized needs.

• Willing and able to work or attend school.

• If currently unable to work or attend school the youth must be committed to working towards overcoming the barriers that prevent it.

• Willing to develop a plan to deal with any outstanding warrants.

• Willing to sign release of information forms.

Potential applicants will be asked to complete a short referral and a financial assessment to determine suitability. This will be done over the phone directly with the potential applicant. Youth may be placed on a waitlist until a bed becomes available.


Referrals can be made any day at any time by contacting NOVA at 780.477.0104

Critical Time Intervention (CTI) Program...

The CTI Program provides a year of support and financial assistance during which the youth will work closely with a Youth Support Specialist to identify goals and overcome the barriers that impacted sustainable living.

This program offers young people between the ages of 18-25 years assistance finding suitable housing in accordance with the principles of Rapid Re-Housing.




    The Family Violence program helped me to overcome family violence and helped me with emotional support.

    Family Violence Prevention Centre - Client


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    The Furniture Program gives people the chance and strength to break away from bad situations. I will be forever grateful.

    The Furniture Program- Client

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    The staff are teaching me the skills on how to control my anger.

    Howard House - Client

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    Thank you to the staff for everything.  The program is awesome and you do make a difference in people lives and I thank you for that.

    Edmonton Remand Centre - Client

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    Donnelly House staff showed me that people care.  I felt worry free while staying here. 

    Donnelly House - Client

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Contact the Edmonton
John Howard Society

#401, 10010 105 St.
Edmonton, AB T5J 1C4

Tel: 780.428.7590
Fax: 780.425.1699

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