On any given night in Calgary, more than 270 youth are experiencing homelessness.
Homeless youth or youth experiencing homelessness refers to any youth that may be temporarily living in hostels, staying with friends, living in ‘squats’, renting cheap rooms in boarding houses or hotels, or actually living on the streets. They may also be living with parents or relatives, but be at imminent risk of losing their shelter.
For many homeless youth, moving between various housing situations can be argued as the instability of their housing situation, which characterizes their status as homeless youth.
Although there are similarities between the experience of homelessness for young people and adults, homeless youth typically lack the experience and skills necessary to live independently, particularly for those under the age of 18.
While the category of homeless youth is marked by incredible diversity, what unites this population is its youthful age and lack of experience of independent living. This is important to consider because any response to homelessness—if it is to be effective—must address the causes and the conditions of homelessness.
“Avenue 15 was my home 100%. They say home is where the heart is. Before I came to Avenue15, my heart was nowhere, I didn’t have a home. Starting from almost nothing, living in a homeless shelter, with nothing but a change of clothes in my backpack, I really had to go out there and give 110% everyday, and that is what I did with the help of Avenue 15.”Tyler
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary’s Youth Housing and Shelters stream offers 11 programs and operates the only youth shelter in the city – Avenue 15
- 91% of youth who leave Avenue 15 go on to safe and stable housing, whether returning to their family home or finding a new home and community
- In 2018, 123 youth were supported to find a safer, brighter future at Avenue 15. An additional 62 teens were supported with other resources, making it possible for them to stay safely at home with family
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