The Issues

Why are young people homeless?

To understand youth homelessness, it’s important to look at the issues that lead kids to the street.

Youth become homeless for a variety of reasons which include fleeing or being forced out of homes where there is abuse or neglect. Kids may feel unwanted by a new step-parent or because of their sexual orientation. They may have ‘aged out’ of the child welfare system.

Without resources, family support or the skills to live independently, kids can find themselves on the street where they can face exploitation and huge challenges to making their way back.

Youth Homelessness

The problem of youth homelessness has reached crisis proportions in Canada. In Toronto, it is estimated that there are at least 10,000 homeless youth in any given year, and as many as 2,000 on a given night.
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Leaving Child Welfare

Many youth in care move through a series of foster or group homes, continue to be plagued by the trauma of their experiences, have difficulty adjusting to a new family situation or struggle with feeling unwanted.
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Sex Trafficking

Many Canadians believe that sex trafficking is only an international issue, but an estimated 71% of trafficking cases involve domestic sex trafficking and 63% of those trafficked were Canadian citizens in Ontario.
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Youth Employment

Most homeless kids lack enough education, job experience, life skills, and stability to find and maintain employment. In today’s uncertain economy, homeless kids’ struggle for work has become even more daunting.
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Success stories

A parent's sacrifice

Bina’s parents adored their sweet, bright-eyed daughter. When her life was threatened, they risked everything to save her.
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Facts & Stats

There are 10,000 homeless youth in Toronto each year

Homeless youth are forty times more likely to die than other youth

70% of homeless youth are fleeing homes with abuse and neglect

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