…are resilient and driven.
The most common characteristics of youth experiencing homelessness is a determination to overcome the circumstances that lead to their homelessness and a desire to improve their lives and learn the skills they need to be housed and employed.
… are at high risk of violence on the street.
Youth who are homeless face increased risk of crime and violence such as robbery and sexual assault. (S. Gaetz, B. O’Grady, and K. Buccieri. 2010. Surviving Crime and Violence Street Youth and Victimization in Toronto. Toronto: Justice for Children and Youth and Homeless Hub.)
… are at a point of opportunity.
Many homeless youth are scared, feel alone, and lack the confidence that comes with growing up in a caring environment. But when a young person is supported to find housing, family and community connections, life skills, and employment, they are less likely to remain homeless in the future and require social assistance. Your support enables Eva’s to play an important role at a critical turning point in young peoples’ lives.