New strategies for homeless youth

Dr. Steven Gaetz of York University presented a talk to the Youth Housing Network on July 5, 2011 outlining the Canadian situation with regard to youth homelessness and several initiatives being taken in other jurisdictions around the world. His major message was that all levels of government have to stop looking at youth homelessness in terms of an “emergency (shelter) response” and spend much more in resources in terms of prevention and intervention, that is, preventing youth from becoming homeless and removing youth as quickly as possible from the street.  Dr. Gaetz is the founder of “homelesshub,” a website that acts as a central exchange for networking and homeless research in Canada. Check it out:


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