Homelessness

March 28, 2019
This video is from a storytelling project produced by CBC's Short Docs. HERE'S HOW THE PRODUCERS DESCRIBE THIS STORYTELLING PROJECT: “It’s been a bumpy road, but I try to keep my thoughts positive.” Terence, 22, lives in a Toronto homeless shelter. He uses a camera phone to share his life and plans for the future. This video is part of RED BUTTON, an innovative storytelling project where the documentary subjects become the filmmakers. In the first series of RED BUTTON stories, homeless youth in Toronto used camera phones to film their lives. Participants were given audio/video gear and...
March 28, 2019
This video is from a storytelling project produced by CBC's Short Docs. HERE'S HOW THE PRODUCERS DESCRIBE THIS STORYTELLING PROJECT: “I don’t want to be a career homeless person.” Rabbit, 23, is homeless and has an addiction to fentanyl and other opioids. He was given a camera phone and captured a day in his life. This video is part of RED BUTTON, an innovative storytelling project where the documentary subjects become the filmmakers. In the first series of RED BUTTON stories, homeless youth in Toronto used camera phones to film their lives. Participants were given audio/video gear and...
June 14, 2018
This storytelling project was produced by CBC's Short Docs. HERE'S HOW THE PRODUCERS DESCRIBE THIS STORYTELLING PROJECT: RED BUTTON is an innovative storytelling project where the documentary subjects become the filmmakers. In the first series of RED BUTTON stories, homeless youth in Toronto used camera phones to film their lives. Participants were given audio/video gear and offered a workshop to learn the basics of filmmaking. The homeless youth featured also received one-on-one guidance from professional filmmakers. Then they captured their world from the inside and their footage was cut...
March 28, 2018
YouthREX Research Summaries ask Just Six Questions of research publications on key youth issues. These summaries get at what the youth sector needs to know in just two pages or less!     1. What was this research about? Indigenous people are overrepresented in Canada’s homeless population, making up 5-60%, depending on the area. Much of the Indigenous population is made up of young people; more than 40% are under the age of 24, and 28% are under the age of 14. As a result of colonialism, Indigenous people face many barriers to finding and maintaining safe, affordable, and secure housing –...
March 22, 2018
This report was published by the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:Young people experiencing homelessness face many forms of extreme adversity including high rates of mental health and addiction challenges. These challenges lead to high mortality rates and increase the risk of chronic homelessness. In turn, the health service systems and providers in most settings are poorly equipped and resourced to meet the mental health needs of the homeless youth population. This intervention guide was developed to provide timely and relevant guidance to...
May 15, 2017
This research summary was created by the Exiting Street Life Study. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHOR DESCRIBES THIS : The Exiting Street Life Study is a longitudinal study examining the transition away from homelessness for 51 young people over the course of a year in Toronto and Halifax. The study was funded by SSHRC and the W. Garfield Weston Foundation and was assisted by Covenant House Toronto, LOFT Community Services, SKETCH, Ark, and Supportive Housing for Young Mothers (SHYM).  Information about the study including main findings are available in this Executive Summary, as well as through a comic...
January 26, 2017
This infographic was created by Covenant House. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS INFOGRAPHIC:For homeless youth who often have no phone, permanent address, appropriate clothing or resumes, job hunting can prove frustrating and futile. Many homeless youth have no experience or role models to help them navigate the workplace or meet the demands of time management and structure.  
November 24, 2016
This report was published by The Canadian Obervatory on Homelessness. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:The Without a Home study is the first pan-Canadian study of young people who experience homelessness. With 1,103 respondents from 47 different communities across 10 provinces and territories, this study’s sample size has enabled us to conduct detailed analyses and to draw important conclusions. In this report, we outline the need for a prevention-focused approach that prioritizes systems integration and Housing First for Youth (HF4Y). This survey provides policy makers, service...
November 09, 2016
This video was produced by YouthREX. HERE'S HOW THE CREATORS DESCRIBE THIS VIDEO:On October 28, 2016, YouthREX hosted our first Provincial Exchange, The Youth. The Work. The System. Daniele Zanotti shared this inspiring keynote speech on the importance of community titled: It's Still about “Qua.” Everything we ever needed to know about the youth, the work and the system: Lessons from my Nonna Filina – and the homeless kid at the 360ºkids. Daniele Zanotti is President and CEO of the United Way Toronto & York Region.
September 30, 2016
This infographic was created by The 519. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS INFOGRAPHIC:Many LGBTQ2S youth could benefit from inclusive skills-based training such as job readiness, money management, cooking, etc. Securing employment can be especially difficult for LGBTQ2S youth who are street-involved or homeless, due to ageism, homophobia, transphobia, racism, etc. LGBTQ2S youth may experience limited access to employment and housing due to social exclusion.