Orillia Youth Opportunities Committee: An Examination of Youth Homelessness in the Orillia Area

Orillia Youth Opportunities Committee: An Examination of Youth Homelessness in the Orillia Area

Youth are a particularly vulnerable population in society. They rely on adult care-givers, have limited skills, experience and education, and are going through significant social and developmental changes as they transition into adulthood. Safe, stable housing forms the strong foundation from which youth can grow. Remove it and all aspects of a youth’s life and development can suffer. The creation of a youth shelter in Orillia would aid vulnerable youth in our community, significantly contributing to their successful transition into adulthood. The report will begin by defining ‘homelessness’ and ‘youth’ as research terms, and will then discuss some of the causes and impacts of homelessness on individual and community levels. The methodology of the studies conducted will be outlined along with goals and concerns of same. Finally, the report will articulate the results of these studies, the analysis of the data collected, and the consequent recommendations. 

PUBLICATION DATE: 2016
LOCATION: Orillia, Ontario