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New Report: The State of Homelessness in Canada 2016

New Report: The State of Homelessness in Canada 2016

The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness & Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness recently released The State of Homelessness in Canada 2016, the third report of this kind produced by the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness. 

In this year’s State of Homelessness report, they address the central question:
"Can we prevent and end homelessness in Canada?"

You can make a difference - Homelessness Action Week

You can make a difference - Homelessness Action Week

Homelessness Action Week is an annual event which focuses on bringing public awareness and understanding to the issue of homelessness in the Greater Vancouver region.

Homelessness Action Week is an opportunity to get involved in activities in your community. Through spreading the word about homelessness action through education, advocacy, and social media activity, the hope is to raise awareness of this very important subject which affects all our communities.

The Strengths of Young People Who Are Homeless from the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health

The Strengths of Young People Who Are Homeless from the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health

"Researchers examined how young people who are homeless conceptualize and interact with challenging circumstances, adopting a human agency focus rooted in the constructionist model of resilience. Thirty-five young people who were homeless in Ottawa participated in in-depth interviews and/or focus groups. Participants reflected upon their strategic decision-making and described how they solved problems in the midst of adversity, planned for the future, consciously altered their identities, and balanced the costs of engaging in certain behaviours.

LGBTQ2S Youth Homeless in Canada

LGBTQ2S Youth Homeless in Canada

Covenant House Vancouver believes all youth deserve unconditional love and absolute respect and we are always striving to provide safe, inclusive services for the disproportionate number of homeless LGBTQ2S youth in need of shelter and supportive services.

Youth Rights! Right Now! Ending Youth Homelessness: A Human Rights Guide

Youth Rights! Right Now! Ending Youth Homelessness: A Human Rights Guide

"Youth homelessness is a pressing issue worldwide that requires urgent attention. To help address the issue, a collaborative group of organizations from Canada and Europe have developed Youth Rights! Right Now! Ending Youth Homelessness: A Human Rights Guide for grounding strategies to end youth homelessness in international human rights law. The guide, based on research, consultations, input from youth and the expertise of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, Ms.

'Faces of Homelessness' - A student initiative of King George Secondary

'Faces of Homelessness' - A student Initiative of King George Secondary

The Faces of Homelessness was a student created initiative that begun in April, 2016 and was created by the Interact & YCI Homelessness Committee. The goal of the project is to complete a series of interviews that help shed a more accurate and uplifting perspective of people who either live with or work with people who are facing the challenge of homelessness. The students visit Covenant House last month with their teacher and interviewed Kat an Outreach Youth Worker.

Keep homeless youth safe & cool in the summer heat

Keep homeless youth safe & cool in the summer heat

When we think of homeless people and weather we generally worry about it being too cold not too hot but summer weather can have a negative impact on the homeless as well. Homeless people often lack places to get fresh water and areas to stay cool. At Covenant House Vancouver we prepare for the heat and make sure our youth that are living outside have proper supplies. We provide water bottles and water, sunscreen, cool clothing and remind them to take it easy and seek shade when it is hot.

If you want to help homeless youth this summer here are a few things we need:

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