“The situation of an individual or family without stable, permanent, appropriate housing, or the immediate prospect, means and ability of acquiring it. It is the result of systemic or societal barriers, a lack of affordable and appropriate housing, the individual/household’s financial, mental, cognitive, behavioural or physical challenges, and/or racism and discrimination. Most people do not choose to be homeless, and the experience is generally negative, unpleasant, stressful and distressing.” (CHRN, 2012: 1)
Through youth outreach work, in 2017, the current state of affairs for youth homelessness is as follows. New Point in time counts are being organized for 2020 stats:
● Of the 119 youth (16- 19 years of age) identified as being at risk in 2017, 62 were homeless and 57 were at risk of being homelessness (close to 80% were in King’s County).
● Of the 62 that were homeless- all experienced couch surfing and over 40 were unsheltered (slept outside, in a tent or car) for some period of time; and 10 might have accessed emergency shelter.
● Of the 119 youth, 90% experienced other stressors like: family conflict, domestic violence or mental health issues.
● While homeless (couch surfing), 38% of youth were exploited for sex, money, crime or drug related issues.