This report outlines the need for a prevention-focused approach that prioritizes systems integration and Housing First for Youth (HF4Y). Our current systems tend to focus on the provision of supports downstream, when young people are much older. Rather than focusing on preventing the problem or reducing the negative outcomes of youth homelessness, we are more likely to wait for a major rupture or crisis, or when the problems facing the youth become much more acute. This report vividly demonstrates the suffering caused by this approach: housing precarity, violence, marginalization, health challenges, and social exclusion.
Authors: Stephen Gaetz, Bill O’Grady, Sean Kidd & Kaitlin Schwan
Published By: Canadian Observatory on Homelessness Press
Publication Date: 2016