Youth Homelessness Is Considered An Unacknowledged National Crisis

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Youth homelessness in Canada is regarded as an unacknowledged national crisis. In fact, one third of Canada’s homeless population is comprised of youth between the ages of 15 and 24 (Stewart, 2010). These youth are huddled on park benches, surfing friends’ couches and sleeping in emergency shelters with the entirety of their future relying on the responsibility of the country to ensure that they can access the support programs they need to survive. Similarly to any other social issue, youth homelessness as a whole is composed of its own set of causes, risk factors, failing solutions and proposals. The following article analyses will discuss youth homelessness on the basis of these aspects in a critical format to display that youth homelessness is a highly stigmatized, serious and “unaccepted” Canadian issue. In accordance with the scholarly article Supporting Homeless Youth: Perspectives and Preferences written and edited by Stewart, Reutter, Letourneau, Mkwarimba and Hungler; homelessness can be defined as “having no home, living and thriving in unintended places […] and loss of income” (Stewart, 2010 p.146). With this classification in mind, the scholars began to note the underrepresentation of the homeless population comprised of youth. Through investigative inquiry, they came to find that youth are rarely invited to participate in research aimed at improving their possible program access. In an attempt to make change, the group conducted a study that involved service

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