Many welfare policies cover children and adolescents as long as they remain attached to their families. Once young people step outside the structures designed to keep them inside their homes, they risk being set adrift to fend for themselves. The limited funds available to address youth homelessness are temporary and project-based, rather than long-term core funding. The fragmentation of social policies contribute to the creation and maintenance of youth homelessness. Falling through the gaps perpetuates the fragmentation of service delivery to youth who are still developing and growing, but doing so in profound deprivation.
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