Reimagining the Response to Youth Homelessness: Conor’s Story (Homeless Hub, 2014)
I came across the Homeless Hub website once before but this time I decided to listen to podcasts they created. The Homeless Hub does episodes which focus on different aspects of homelessness such as youth homelessness, domestic violence issues, and Indigenous individuals. The Homeless Hub was created in order to provide a site where all the collected information about homelessness in Canada was together (Homeless Hub, 2014).
There’s a lot of homelessness that we do not see because not all homelessness includes being on the street. The different types of homelessness include being unsheltered, emergency sheltered, provisionally accommodated, and at risk homelessness (Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, 2012). The podcast I listened to was a story from a youth named Conor who experienced homelessness and was able to come out of it. He left his home around his 16th birthday and was later able to get into a transitional housing program (Homeless Hub, 2014). He has experienced all forms of homeless from being in shelters, group homes, the streets, and couch surfing. Conor touched upon a lot of issues that homeless youth face such as social assistance being poorly designed, and how hard it is to exit the street life since youth have not developed the skills to live on their own.
There is a lot of stigma associated with homeless youth because people automatically think that they chose to be there because they did not want to live with their parents. However, that is not always the case. They could be coming from an abusive household or have parents who are substance abusers, and therefore live in a toxic environment and NEED to leave. Conor is now enrolled at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario. Take a look at his story and hear from someone who experienced homelessness as a youth before.
Homeless Hub. (2014). Homeless Hub Podcast [Ep 2]: Reimagining the Response to Youth Homelessness. Retrieved from http://homelesshub.ca/resource/homeless-hub-podcast-ep-2-reimagining-response-youth-homelessness
Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (2012) Canadian Definition of Homelessness. Homeless Hub. Retrieved from http://www.homelesshub.ca/homelessdefinition/