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Homeless Hub backgrounder on street youth panhandling. Backgrounder: Why street youth panhandle If you were walking down the street, and a homeless person asked you for money, would you give it to them?  What would you do?  This is an important question, and it in many ways depends not only on how you think about panhandling, but more generally,...
Homeless Hub backgrounder on thinking about homeless youth. Backgrounder: Attitudes about Homelessness - How we THINK about homeless youth matters! How can you tell if a young person is homeless?  Is it the way they dress?   The way they stand or sit?  Where they hang out? What do you think about when you see a homeless youth?  Are you concerned...
Homeless Hub backgrounder on why young people become homeless. Backgrounder: Why do young people become homeless? Young people who become homeless are depicted in the media in different ways.  Sometimes they are portrayed as coming from families and homes that are characterized by violence. Other times they are portrayed as young adventurers, who...
Homeless Hub backgrounder on who homeless people are. Backgrounder: Who are homeless people? Many of us have an idea of who is homeless, and why they become homeless.  These ideas can come from a variety of places, including our own experiences, those of family or friends, or through the  things we read or see on TV.  These different sources of...
Homeless Hub Backgrounder on who street youth are. Backgrounder: Who are street youth? Definition We use many different terms to describe young people who are homeless, including street youth, street kids, runaways, homeless youth, etc.   Estimates of the number of homeless youth in Toronto at any given time range from around 1,700 to over 2,000...
Homeless Hub Backgrounder on what is homelessness. Backgrounder: What is Homelessness? What is homelessness?  This is an important to question to consider.  Many of us are quick to condemn people who are homeless for their personal failures and inadequacies.  Some of us continue to believe that people choose to be homeless and prefer the...

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