Why a Youth Plan

  • Youth are learning to be independent. Those who experience homelessness are often on their own for the very first time.
  • Youth are at a unique stage of development. Because of this, they often take more risks.
  • Youth use different services than adults. They are less likely to stay in emergency shelters, and more likely to rely on informal supports like friends and family.
  • Youth are vulnerable to exploitation. They prefer youth-focused services, partly because they are at higher risk when accessing services for all ages.
  • Youth have significant involvement with government systems. Almost half have recently left the child welfare system. They have higher rates of incarceration than older adults who experience homelessness. Many avoid health services and therefore end up requiring emergency services.