Facts

Many homeless youth are struggling with developmental and attachment issues that make their transition to adulthood more challenging. They have never lived independently or developed critical life skills. According to a three-year national research project (Youth Homelessness in Canada: The Road to Solutions, 2009) that tracked the ‘lived experience’ of 689 street-involved youth in three Canadian Cities:

• 63% grew up in a family that found it hard to maintain housing.

• 62% had dropped out of school, reflecting the lack of support and resources.

• 68% had previous involvement with foster care, group homes or a youth centre.

• 71% had previous criminal justice system involvement.

• 43% had previous involvement with child protection.