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Re-housing street-involved youth in Metro Vancouver

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Homeless youth are a marginalized and vulnerable population facing high rates of violence, sexual exploitation, mental health issues, and substance misuse. Recent evidence suggests that homeless youth in Metro Vancouver have a distinct set of needs unmet by existing housing services and supports. Through key informant interviews, this study identifies three key factors preventing youth aged 16 to 18 from becoming stably housed: 1) diminished housing supply, 2) limited access, and 3) unstable transitions. Drawing on case studies of best practices in other jurisdictions and stakeholder interviews, the study presents four alternative policy options to improve street-involved youths' housing tenures in Vancouver. The study evaluates the options and provides recommendations for action for the government of British Columbia, including considerations to facilitate implementation.
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