FACTS ABOUT HOMELESS YOUTH

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.

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

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.

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

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