Australia discovered 'youth homelessness' earlier than other countries.
- Lindsay's blog
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People who are experiencing homelessness, poverty or housing instability are the most vulnerable to the effects of weather extremes caused by climate change. The term “weather extremes” refers to weather patterns such as: melting ice caps, rising water levels, storms, and temperature extremes.
Young people who are involved with the child welfare system are on a timer. When a young person ‘ages out’ of care they lose access to many of the supports available through the child welfare system.
Everyone needs a reality check sometimes
On 3 February 2021, I gave a guest lecture in Greg Suttor‘s graduate seminar course at the University of Toronto’s Department of Geography and Planning (Greg is a long-time mentor of mine, so this was a huge honour). My presentation focused on how the worlds of housing and homelessness connect in Canada (and in Toronto especially).
It’s hard to find work (just ask any of us graduating students!). For the approximately 3.8 million Canadians who have a criminal record, finding employment is even more difficult.
The cold weather has arrived in Toronto. At the same time, many of the places people use to warm up are not accessible. Due to COVID-19 pandemic measures, coffee shops and fast food restaurants are closed to indoor dining. Libraries are no longer letting people in, and many community centres have shut down.