Without a Home: The National Youth Homelessness Survey
18 November 2016
What role can research play in For any complex problem we face as a developing and implementing society, be it in the realm of the economy, more effective solutions to the environment, healthcare, gender equity, or the justice system, research can and youth homelessness? should provide evidence that supports and guides the work of governments and those delivering services. [...] provinces & territories 20 WITHOUT A HOME: THE NATIONAL YOUTH HOMELESSNESS SURVEY Our approach to data analysis was designed to provide solid information and evidence to enhance our knowledge and understanding of pathways into homelessness, demographics of the population, and the conditions young people experience once they are homeless. [...] The question to be asked is: Can we do things differently? Can we shift from merely managing the problem, to preventing and ending youth homelessness in Canada? WITHOUT A HOME: THE NATIONAL YOUTH HOMELESSNESS SURVEY 21 Research has demonstrated that the longer a young person remains homeless, the worse their health and well-being become, and the more likely they are to experience exploitation, tra. [...] 24 WITHOUT A HOME: THE NATIONAL YOUTH HOMELESSNESS SURVEY SECTION 5 – DISCUSSION: IMPLICATIONS FOR POLICY AND PRACTICE The findings of Without a Home point to the dire consequences of our current approach to youth homelessness and underscore the need for policy and practice change. [...] CANADIAN DEFINITION OF YOUTH HOMELESSNESS “Youth homelessness” refers to the situation and experience of young people between the ages of 13 and 24 who are living independently of parents and/or caregivers, but do not have the means or ability to acquire a stable, safe or consistent residence.