Coming of Age: Reimagining the Response to Youth Homelessness in Canada

The goal of this report is to present an argument for approaching how we respond to youth homelessness in a new way. The report achieves this by pulling together key information about youth homelessness, to better inform how we respond to the problem. As a peer-reviewed research document, Dr. Gaetz draws on an existing base of research in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States, in order to identify effective approaches to youth homelessness policy and practice. The report also draws heavily on several previous works by Dr. Gaetz, including Live, Learn, Grow: Supporting Transitions to Adulthood for Homeless Youth - A Framework for the Foyer in Canada, and several chapters from the book Youth Homelessness in Canada: Implications for Policy and Practice and in particular, the concluding chapter Ending Youth Homelessness in Canada is Possible: The Role of Prevention.

While this is a research report that will appeal to academics, the intended audience is much broader. It has been written in a way to appeal to students, service providers, policy makers and the general public. The key arguments are intended to help inform decision-making in government, communities, and social service agencies. As a research document, it provides an evidentiary base for creating more effective responses to youth homelessness. As a public document, it is intended to inspire change and innovation, with the ultimate goal of contributing to real and effective solutions to youth homelessness in Canada.

Homeless Hub Podcast [Ep 2]: Reimagining the Response to Youth Homelessness


Toronto Star article "Canada failing homeless youth, report charges"
Sun News article "Shelters not cutting it for Canada's homeless kids: Report"
Huffington Post article "Canada Is Failing Homeless Youth, Report Says"
Metro News article "Canada failing homeless youth, report charges"
CBC Radio interview with Stephen Gaetz "Homeless Youth"
Vancouver Sun article "Better job needed in transitioning youth out of foster care: Canadian report"

Coming of Age Infographic

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