Here and Now: Winnipeg Plan To End Youth Homelessness is grounded in the voices of youth with experiences of homelessness in Winnipeg. Over 100 youth with diverse backgrounds and experiences participated in the development of the plan. Here is what they said:

Youth Voices

A lot of programs attack problems, but you guys need to attack the roots of the problems. Not an overnight thing, the review process takes time. EIA, Justice, CFS, Addictions etc., they all play a role in homelessness. Every problem in the city interconnects with one another.

- Youth Focus Group Participant

Youth Voices

We need to sit down and learn from each other. I would prefer programs that sit with you, help you find a place so you learn independence.

- Voice, 16

Youth Voices

I wasn’t taught about my culture, that would have been a huge help.

- Youth

Youth Voices

There should be more support after things go ok.

- Youth, 16

Youth Voices

Lots of programs will refer you to other programs and you’re always sent somewhere else. Or when you’re in the programs they put you through hoops and make it impossible for you to accomplish what they want you to do.

- Youth, 16