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How do young people end up on the streets?

This is one of the most common questions we get asked at Covenant House Vancouver. There are many reasons why a young person may end up on the street but most of the time a young person flees to street believing it will be safer then where they currently are living. The list of hardships bestowed upon our youth read almost like a check-list of reasons why young people end up on the streets: 

1) physical, sexual and or/emotional abuse that leads to apprehension, then foster care; 
2) re-abuse or lack of care once in foster care; 
3) early exposure to drugs and/or alcohol; 
4) interrupted education; 
5) mental illness ranging from post-traumatic stress disorder to bi-polar or schizophrenia. 

The list goes on but these 5 elements are all too common amongst the young people we serve.

Our  continuum of care    provides a wide range of services to help young people heal from past wounds and develop the skills necessary to make it on their own. Like all young people our youth want to be loved and cared for in a safe environment where they can grow and develop into independent adults. Thanks to the support of people like you Covenant House Vancouver is able to be a safe haven for our youth.

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Happy B.C. Day Long Weekend

Our office will be closed on Monday August 1st for BC Day.

If you are a youth in need of help over the long weekend please call toll free 1-877-685-7474 and one of our youth workers can assist you.

Have a wonderful long weekend!

Happy B.C. Day Long Weekend

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. Our program staff receive Prism Services training from Three Bridges Community Health Centre which provides clinical, education, information and referral service for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and Two Spirit (LGBTQ2S) communities in Vancouver.

The Homeless Hub has an informative article about the disproportionate number of homeless LGBTQ2S youth in Canada and North America, we encourage you to have a read and learn more. 

"In recent years, there has been extensive research in the area of youth homelessness both in Canada and internationally. We have seen a great deal of initiatives towards the movement to end youth homelessness. However, there is a lack of knowledge into the problem of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, and 2-spirited (LGBTQ2) youth homeless in Canada.

What we do know is that LGBTQ2 youth are overrepresented in the homeless youth population. It has been estimated that approximately 25-40% of homeless youth  identify as LGBTQ2." -  Taken  from  The  Homeless  Hub  article Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning and 2-Spirited (LGBTQ2)


LGBTQ2 Youth Homelessness from The Homeless Hub on Vimeo.

Striving For Permanence - Stories of Youth In and From Care

Meet five BC youth who have lived in foster care, aged out of care or have been adopted. These courageous youth share their stories because they believe that all youth living in care deserve permanent connections in their lives that will continue after they turn 19. 

This powerful  film is  a  youth-led  project  by  the  Speak-Out  Youth  Group and the  group  scripted, filmed and edited the  video. 

Check it out:

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