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6.13 Bruce Pearce


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6.13 Bruce Pearce

  1. 1. Perspectives From Canada:Ending Youth Homelessness<br />Bruce Pearce<br />President, Canadian Housing and Renewal Association <br />International Models for Ending Youth HomelessnessNational Alliance to End Homelessness Conference<br />July 15, 2011<br />Washington, D.C.<br />
  2. 2. CHRA … a voice for the full range of<br />affordable housing and homelessness<br />issues and solutions in Canada<br />
  3. 3. Canada’s recession not as severe as US’s, but…<br />Poverty, social exclusion & lack of a long-term national housing strategy hamper efforts to end homelessness.<br />Homeless & at-risk youth face persistent barriers to full participation in Canadian society (during boomtime or recession).<br />
  4. 4. 34.3 million Canadians (2011)<br />12.4 million households<br />1.5 million households in ‘core housing need’ according to 2006 census (13% of all households)<br />150,000-300,000 visible homeless Canadians (2005); many more hidden homeless<br />65,000 homeless youth; many more at-risk<br />$135M/yr Homelessness Partnering Strategy<br />No national youth strategy; youth often a local priority (HPS $ flows through 61 community plans)<br />
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  8. 8. Trains & employs Aboriginal youth in sustainable, family-supporting work.<br />Prevents homelessness. Reduces poverty in the community. <br />Train for Trades is now a similar social enterprise. <br />
  9. 9. The road ahead:<br />Frame a national policy to end youth homelessness.<br />Put it into action, together. <br />Consolidate a national network of communities.<br />Continue international alliance-building<br />