Perspectives From Canada:Ending Youth Homelessness Bruce Pearce President, Canadian Housing and Renewal Association International Models for Ending Youth HomelessnessNational Alliance to End Homelessness Conference July 15, 2011 Washington, D.C.
CHRA … a voice for the full range of affordable housing and homelessness issues and solutions in Canada
Canada’s recession not as severe as US’s, but… Poverty, social exclusion & lack of a long-term national housing strategy hamper efforts to end homelessness. Homeless & at-risk youth face persistent barriers to full participation in Canadian society (during boomtime or recession).
34.3 million Canadians (2011) 12.4 million households 1.5 million households in ‘core housing need’ according to 2006 census (13% of all households) 150,000-300,000 visible homeless Canadians (2005); many more hidden homeless 65,000 homeless youth; many more at-risk $135M/yr Homelessness Partnering Strategy No national youth strategy; youth often a local priority (HPS $ flows through 61 community plans)
Trains & employs Aboriginal youth in sustainable, family-supporting work. Prevents homelessness. Reduces poverty in the community. Train for Trades is now a similar social enterprise.
The road ahead: Frame a national policy to end youth homelessness. Put it into action, together. Consolidate a national network of communities. Continue international alliance-building