FACTS ABOUT YOUTH FACING STRUCTURAL INEQUALITIES

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HOME-LIKE SHELTERS

Research has shown that homeless youth prefer “home-like shelters that are free of conflict and have increased age limits for users, and caring staff who are nonjudgmental and provide unconditional support.”

Read More: The unbreakable bond: The mental health benefits and challenges of pet ownership for people experiencing homelessness.

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HOMELESS YOUTH & PETS

Up to 80 percent of homeless individuals with pets had difficulty finding stable rental accommodation.

Read More:The unbreakable bond: The mental health benefits and challenges of pet ownership for people experiencing homelessness

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PERSONAL HYGIENE

One third of homeless youth reported that they struggle to maintain their personal hygiene with only 41.2% reporting that they have been able to put on clean clothing daily. 

 

Read More: Without a Home: The National Youth Homelessness Survey.

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SHELTERS & CONSTRAINTS

Some shelters operate under various constraints that make it difficult to serve homeless communities, such as limited staff, lack of resources to deal with medical/psychological issues or resistance from local communities.

Read More: A climatological analysis of emergency homeless shelter openings

 

Resources for homeless youth: 

 

Kids Help Phone (1-800-688-6868) ​

The Native Youth Crisis Hotline (1-877-209-1266)

Eva’s Satellite

Justice for Children and Youth

LGBT Youthline

360Kids Connections and Emergency Housing

Newmarket Food Pantry

Aurora Food Pantry

Daily Bread Food Bank

CMHA York & South Simcoe

Humming Bird Hub