Youth Pathways: In and Out of Homelessness in the Capital Region

Youth Pathways: In and Out of Homelessness in the Capital Region

Research for this report was done in the fall of 2014 with 6 focus groups in different locations across Greater Victoria and 33 individual youth who identified as experiencing or being at-risk of homelessness. Fifty youth were also surveyed on the circumstances that led them to where they were. The research team also talked to 7 service providers who work with at-risk, unstably housed, and homeless youth. The combined voices of youth and service providers pointed to a serious crisis in the region – young people are struggling to make it on their own while trying to get support through over-subscribed social services and programs; depending on inadequate income resources; and attempting to sustain housing in an expensive housing market.

This research report adds important evidence of the nature of youth homelessness, the experiences of young people facing these challenges, and some suggested pathways to providing solutions.

ORGANIZATION: Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015
LOCATION: Greater Victoria, BC, Canada