Youth homelessness is distinct from adult homelessness, both in terms of its causes and consequences, but also in how we must consider and apply interventions. Youth, unlike adults experiencing homelessness, leave homes that are defined by relationships (both social and economic) in which they were typically dependent upon adult caregivers, whether parents or relatives. 59.6% of homeless youth who are street-involved, report violent victimization, meaning they are 6 times more likely to be victimized compared to the general population. As well, the more times a youth experiences homelessness, the more likely they are to be exposed to a number of risks such as sexual exploitation, economic exploitation, traumatic events, addictions and declining health.
The lack of safe and affordable housing becomes a particularly significant problem for youth who can no longer remain in their home. The goal of this GoFundMePage is to address this problem by building our own modular supportive housing units for youth. While residing in these units, our staff will provide supports 24/7, 365 days per year – teaching life skills, budgeting and enabling youth to transition into independent living when they have the skills and maturity to be successful. We are calling our site the CORE (Community, Opportunities, Resources and Engagement) - a central youth hub that will provide for all the needs of the youth who seek support.
Ultimately our goal is to build a three level modular building that will see 45 youth housed! The total cost of the entire project is $3.5 million, but let’s start with one level at a time ($850,000). This one level of Supportive Housing (Phase 1) will have 9 duo-suites, allowing for 18 youth to have stable supported housing. With your help, we can make this first phase a reality BEFORE the snow flies.
Please give generously!
OFFLINE DONATIONS ARE ADDED TO THE CAMPAIGN TOTAL AND ALL DONATIONS WILL RECEIVE A TAX RECEIPT.
(GoFundMe does not take a percentage and/or charge any service fees for offline donations forwarded directly to oneROOF Youth Services.)