Vancouver Needs a Real Plan for Homeless Youth

published on December 11, 2023 in The Tyee

The results of Metro Vancouver’s most recent homeless count were just released, and the past three years have seen a 32 per cent increase. This is the largest spike in unsheltered people recorded since 2005.

According to the report, approximately eight per cent of those counted are under the age of 25, and a third of this population has aged out of the foster care system.

However, for each young person counted, as many as three are not recorded because they experience “hidden homelessness” — couch-surfing temporarily with friends, family members or even strangers because they have no other option.

Does the City of Vancouver have a plan to address youth homelessness? The answer appears to be no.

In July, city council rejected an appeal to renew the leases for the 750 temporary modular homes that have served as a cornerstone of the city’s previous response to homelessness for both young people and adults…

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