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Research Report:

Rehousing Vancouver's Street-Involved Youth

by Heather Millar

From 2002 to 2008, the homeless population in Metro Vancouver has more than doubled in size to more than 2,660 people.  Youth aged 16 to 24 account for a sizeable portion of the city's homeless, estimated between 10 and 20%.  Studies suggest that the youth homeless population is extremely vulnerable, facing high levels of violence and sexual exploitation as well as complex mental health and addiction issues.  This paper documents, through key informant interviews and focus groups with youth service providers, government managers and private philanthropic funders, the challenges of youth homelessness and provides best practices and policy recommendations for permanently housing street-involved youth in Vancouver and British Columbia.

The Housing Internship and Scholar Program is organized and run by CPRN's Director of Housing and Environment, Dr. Michael Buzzelli. Foundational funding is provided by Social Housing Services Corporation. This project was funded by BC Housing ( The program's overall aim is to develop Canada's housing research and policy capacity by attracting and retaining the best and the brightest in the housing sector. The program is an intensive four-month policy research training experience that results in the publication of original housing policy research.

Release Date: 22 Dec 2009
Number of pages: 64
Document number: 51955

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