It is no secret that stable housing is a key pillar in successful outcomes for youth. Census data from 2016 shows that nearly two-thirds (62.7%) of youth aged 20-24 still live with at least one parent, and almost 35% of youth aged 20-34 are living with at least one parent. The majority of Canadian parents provide ongoing housing support for their young-adult children, and these numbers are expected to continue to rise as the cost of living and inaccessibility of affordable housing increases. But what happens to youth whose parents can’t or won’t provide that support?
Our exploration of the eight pillars of equitable support for youth aging out of care, as outlined in the Canadian Child Welfare League sponsored report “Equitable Standards for Transitions to Adulthood for Youth In Care”, starts at the deep end of the pool: financial support.
July 31st, 2014 — Ms. Sarah Petrescu published the following article in the July 31st edition of the Times Colonist newspaper, titled “Victoria apartment building donated to house homeless youth“. The following is an excerpt:
An anonymous donor has given a $725,000 Victoria apartment complex to the region’s homeless youth.
With four two-bedroom units, the apartment building on Davie Street in the South Jubilee neighbourhood will be the subject of a massive community makeover in September.
“The donor, who approached us, has worked with children and youth and understands how important stable housing is for them,” said Mark Muldoon, executive director of Threshold Housing Society.
May 14, 2014 — With paintbrushes in hand, eight members of the Saanich Home Depot team descended upon Mitchell house this week. Under the direction of Darcy Lockhart, the group professionally painted exterior portions of the house and some interior rooms as well.
Last year, Threshold Housing Society was the recipient of support through Home Depot’s “Buy a Hammer and Build a Community Campaign.” This year, we are again excited to be partnering with them in the “Orange Door Campaign.” Both campaigns were created with the purpose of addressing youth homelessness.
We are also grateful for a grant last year from The Home Depot Canada Foundation that went toward much needed upgrades at Holly House. Home Depot is an excellent corporate citizen that thinks and acts locally. Their area associates and volunteers have heart and a lot of expertise in home repair.
Way to go guys and gals! Thank you so much!