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.