youth homelessness

Eva’s Phoenix
June 15, 2017

Ramadan Mubarak!

We’re in the heart of the month of Ramadan, a time of prayer, fasting, reflection, and community for many Muslims. Within youth-serving environments, there’s a lot we can do to take a proactive approach and better support young people who are observing Ramadan. It is critical that youth are not always required to do the asking for accommodations and supports; we should plan to offer it first.

Tip 1: We can avoid assumptions.

We’re in a context where...

Where am I going to go? What am I going to do? Throughout our careers, we’ve been asked these questions by LGBTQ2S young people experiencing homelessness a countless number of times. We’ve been asked versions of the same questions by service providers working with youth experiencing homelessness, advocates for LGBTQ2S youth, and policy makers -- Where do we go from here? What are we going to do?

The problem of LGBTQ2S youth homelessness can overwhelm us if we let...

With contributions from Lesley McMillan, Program Director, A Way Home Canada

I’m excited about this week! Over the course of one week, I not only get to celebrate my birthday, but I also get to help host a group of thoughtful, passionate and determined folks that make up the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness (LC).

The LC’s annual meeting is happening between May 10 and 12 in...

By Melanie Redman, Executive Director, A Way Home Canada and Dr. Stephen Gaetz, Director, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and Professor at York University

In the midst of so much happening at federal, provincial/territorial and municipal levels concerning housing and homelessness, it’s important that we don’t lose sight of some of the most vulnerable people in Canada: youth experiencing homelessness. 

Yesterday, along with MP Adam Vaughan, A Way Home Canada...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, York University
March 15, 2017

For many years, I’ve been powerfully committed to the idea that the arts have the transformative and energetic power to create social change. Even a cursory knowledge of the history of social movements shows us that art is a powerful tool for challenging power structures, mobilizing communities, and re-imagining more just and equitable futures. I first got a sense of this power as a teenager in Guelph, Ontario, when I was given a small grant to run an arts program at a youth shelter. When...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, York University
November 16, 2016

Thank you to the Home Depot Canada Foundation who generously funded this study and report. With their support, we have a better collective understanding of youth homelessness in Canada.

Today, the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and A Way Home Canada release Without a Home: The National Youth Homelessness Survey. As the first pan-Canadian study of youth homelessness, Without a Home provides a comprehensive picture of...

Raising the Roof
October 26, 2016

The Upstream Project is a school-based program focused on youth homelessness prevention. Why schools? Because virtually every young person who becomes homeless was in school at one point, and very likely was in contact with an adult who knew something was wrong but didn’t know how to help.

This program has been collaboratively developed by Raising the Roof, the...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/The Homeless Hub
October 05, 2016

Last month, Dr. Alex Abramovich premiered his first documentary “Nowhere To Go: A Brokered Dialogue” at The 519, an LGTBQ2S community space in downtown Toronto. The documentary provides a glimpse into the reality of LGBTQ2S youth homelessness and the mental health challenges faced by this population.

The acronym “LGBTQ2S” is used to refer...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/The Homeless Hub
September 08, 2016

This month, more than a million students will head back to university campuses across the country. With projections that by 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the economy will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school, the value of university and college degrees is...

As communities around the world prepare to celebrate International Youth Day on August 12, this blog entry discusses child, youth and family programs available to homeless youth and families across Canada. A Way Home Canada, a national coalition dedicated to preventing, reducing and ending youth homelessness, estimates that ...

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