Home + Health: Better Housing Support for Women-Identified Homeless Youth With Mental Health Concerns

The purpose of the study was to identify supports to help women-identified youth who experience homelessness and mental health concerns maintain their housing after leaving emergency shelter and transitional housing environments. Research demonstrates that women- identified young people who experience homelessness are at a higher risk of experiencing mental health challenges and face greater victimization while homeless. But we know less about their mental health support needs once they enter housing. This project fills an important knowledge gap.

We surveyed 11 women-identified young people currently residing at Eva’s shelters and transitional housing facilities. All 11 participants completed a short survey on their housing, mental health, and support needs. These young women were getting ready to exit the shelter and enter into transitional or independent housing. Approximately 4 to 6 months later, nine of these participants completed a follow-up interview.

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Toronto, ON