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The Homeless Hub creates a proposal for Federal Investment in Youth Homelessness

"Over the past 16 years, the Government of Canada, through its National Homelessness Initiative and the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, has actively supported communities across the country to address homelessness. While many communities have used part of their federal investment to support youth focused programs and services, there has not been a strategic focus on youth homelessness since the early years of the program.

In this policy brief, we make the case that there is now an opportunity for the Government of Canada to work with community partners to address youth homelessness in a much more strategic and effective manner. There is a growing recognition that youth homelessness is distinct from adult homelessness in terms of its causes and conditions and it then follows that so must be the solutions. There is also an acknowledgement that we must do things differently; that managing the problem through emergency services is not enough if young people become mired in homelessness and find it difficult to escape. While emergency supports will always be necessary and important, we need to shift our energy and focus to preventing youth from becoming homeless on the one hand, and assisting others to exit homelessness as quickly as possible, and in a safe and planned way with necessary supports."  -  The  Homeless  Hub,  Stephen Gaetz; Melanie Redman

To read the full policy brief  or learn more click here.

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#40toNoneDay to End LGBT Youth Homelessness

It’s a statistic that may shock you, but that doesn’t make it any less true: Approximately 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), while about 7% of the general youth population does the same. The discrepancy is outrageous. And it’s impossible to ignore.

On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, Covenant House Vancouver will be joining people across the US and Canada – including local service providers, national advocacy organizations, elected officials, celebrities, LGBT youth, and community members – for #40toNoneDay.

#40toNoneDay is a national day focused on raising awareness about LGBT youth homelessness. While there are many factors that contribute to LGBT youth homelessness, identity-based family rejection is the most commonly cited reason. Our goal is to ultimately reduce the disproportionate percentage from 40% to none. And, in order to do that, we need people to know that this issue exists and that everyone has a part to play in ending it!

All of us have the ability to make an impact in the movement to end LGBT youth homelessness. The opportunity is yours. Will you take it?

Get involved at   www.40toNoneDay.org

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ROP Community Dinner featuring Indian Cuisine

Each month Rights of Passage (ROP) holds a Community Dinner; these dinners allow our youth, staff and special guests to come together as a community. It also helps us teach our young people life skills such as cooking and the importance of eating healthy food.

The most recent Community Dinner featured Indian cuisine and was a mixture of youth made items and some dishes catered by Curry Express.

YUM!

ROP Community Dinner - Indian Theme 

A volunteer + a haircut = a dramatic effect on a young person’s life!

 Josephine is a quiet girl, anxious and introverted. On this particular day in the  Crisis Program  we had a volunteer hairdresser coming in to cut youth's hair - a rare treat for many of the youth. When I asked Josephine if she was interested in getting her hair cut her eyes lit up and she smiled at me. She didn't say anything right away, but I could tell she was very excited about this opportunity.

A few seconds later Josephine said "that's great, it's been a while". Then the girly youth worker in me came out and I asked what type of haircut she had in mind. Josephine said she always dreamed of having a short bob. I encouraged her to go for it and try it out. Josephine and I then went on the computer and looked for hairstyles she liked. Together we printed out a small stack of ideas she had for her new haircut. She became more alive and more engaged than I'd ever seen her. She was giggling and searching through dozens of possible options. She finally settled on a picture and lined up for the hairdresser. Twenty minutes later she came out looking completely different. I could tell from her face that she was so excited.

It's amazing the effect one volunteer and one haircut can have on the life of a youth!

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