Street youth in Toronto driven to homelessness

Almost half of Toronto's street youth don't want to be homeless - getting help for them early would make a big difference, says a groundbreaking study of Toronto street-involved youth.

Changing Patterns for Street Involved Youth, released jointly by Yonge Street Mission, World Vision Canada and Public Interest, reflects interviews with 208 youth who came from all over Canada and found themselves homeless in Toronto.

"Many youth tell us they just want a home - they're highly motivated but they need help getting there," says Sean Meagher of Public Interest. "The more we can intervene to help youth get back into housing the less likely they'll stay on the streets for years at a time."

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Yonge Street Mission
Dec 15, 2009
The Toronto Star
Press Release
Dec 15, 2009