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Youth Homelessness

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Sarah Francois

on 17 October 2013

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Youth Homelessness
What comes to mind when you hear these words?
Homeless youth do not have parental, foster or institutional care.

Referred to as "street youth".
“Street youth” is made up of a number of youth including:

-LGBT youth
-refugees and immigrants
-young single mothers
-their entire family are homeless
Causes of
Alcohol and Drugs
Family problems
Mental Health
Lack of low-income housing units
Write down the word "HOME" on a piece of paper and write words or draw pictures that you associate with your home.
Toronto has estimate 1,500 to 2,000 youth are homeless on any given night.

With only 12 youth shelters that have 522 beds to offer, homeless youth may not have a place to stay every night.

Many agencies offering short-term solutions to street youth problems like food, shelter, and clothing, don't address why the youth became homeless in the first place.
Quick Facts
Youth homelessness is a problem in Canada and it is growing at a rapid rate. If you know anyone in this situation or are in this situation yourself, it's not a bad thing to ask for assistance. There isn't anything about youth homelessness that you should be ashamed of. You can be an advocate for change by simply reaching out to help those in need.
Think About It
Can You Guess Which Celebrity was Once Homeless?
What's your definition of HOME?
Everyone's definition of home may be
different, though it is defined as:
The place where one feels the most safe or most comfortable. :)
Why do some people sleep on the
street when they can sleep in a shelter?
Shelters can be noisy unclean.
Theft can occur.
Strict rules.
People are embarrassed to seek help.
Co-ed shelters (men and women sharing rooms).
Physical or sexual assault can occur.
People would rather sleep outside.
What does
mean to you?
"Get a life" or "get a job" is an uneducated response to the growing challenge of youth homelessness.

Stigma of youth homelessness
What is Youth Homelessness?
Resources In Peel
- RAIN (Reaching Adolescents in Need)

- Our Place Peel

- Street Helpline of Peel

- Knights Table
Jade Roeder

Homeless youth
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