5 things we learned from youth across Canada to prevent youth homelessness

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1. We must adopt a proactive, rather than reactive, approach to youth homelessness.

2. We must reconfigure public systems (e.g., education, child welfare, healthcare) to help prevent youth from experiencing homelessness. This must involve addressing systems failures that trap youth and their families in poverty and homelessness.

3. Professionals in all public systems must ensure their conduct and behaviours do not contribute to homelessness for young people. This means that all system workers need the supports, resources, infrastructure, and training to actively participate in youth homelessness prevention. 

4. We cannot prevent and end youth homelessness without reckoning with colonialism.

5. We must provide youth with the power, supports, compensation, and opportunities to lead a shift towards youth homelessness prevention in Canada.


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