Ready or Not ’23: Housing Support

Red, green, and black text reads 2023 edition Ready or Not Aging Out of Care

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?

Ready or Not ’23: Education & Professional Development

Red, green, and black text reads 2023 edition Ready or Not Aging Out of Care

When a person has spent much of their life worrying about their safety, where they might sleep, how they will find enough to eat, etc. it has a significant negative impact on their ability to do well in school, learn new skills, and participate in developmental opportunities. This leaves a gap between youth in care or at risk of homelessness and their counterparts – a gap that money alone can’t bridge.

Recovery for youth who use drugs looks different

Thanks to the Victoria News for this fabulous article about the Supportive Recovery Program:

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Ready or Not in 2023

Red, green, and black text reads 2023 edition Ready or Not Aging Out of Care

For the last several years, Threshold has focused in the spring on sharing the facts around youth aging out of government care on their 19th birthday. The late Katherine McParland, a leading youth housing advocate, once deemed aging out of care the “superhighway into homelessness” – a term that has proliferated. In the past three years, however, the government of BC has announced multiple funding and policy changes aimed at either creating off-ramps from that highway or relieving the housing crisis.

Giving for good: the Forster’s story

This past November, we had the honour and delight to announce a $3.1 million gift from Carole and Clint Forster, facilitated by the Victoria Foundation and RBC Phillips Hager & North Investment Counsel. That gift has been a booster pack in Threshold’s ability to provide safe homes where youth can create brighter futures. The following video captures both our gratitude, and a little more of the Forster’s story.

New Director supports growth at Threshold Housing

Threshold Housing is delighted to welcome Angela McNulty-Buell to the newly-created role of Director of Housing and Support Services. McNulty-Buell has deep roots in the housing and homelessness sector on Vancouver Island, with more than two decades of work in youth support, housing creation and management, support services, and program development at every level from front-line support to strategic leadership. She is also deeply trained in leadership, including being a certified facilitator of Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead training, and will lead the Housing and Program teams at Threshold.  

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