Background Report: Homeless and Street-Involved Youth in HRM

Canadian research into causes of youth homelessness, the nature of street culture, and pathways out of homelessness reveal that “contrary to existing stereotypes, so-called street youth are not a homogeneous youth. Instead they come from a variety of backgrounds with a range of personal qualities, needs, and experiences”. This research indicates there is no one cause for youth homelessness and therefore no one solution, arguing against a “one size fits all” approach. These researchers advocate for an integrated and intersectoral continuum of supports that address the complex root causes of youth homelessness.

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