YOUTH HOMELESSNESS IN CANADA IS A REALITY
Twenty per cent of Canada’s homeless population consists of young people between the ages of 13 to 24, and up to 6,000 young people experience homelessness every night.
In fact, forty per cent of homeless youth first experience homelessness before the age of 16.
Homelessness takes a toll on young lives.
As much as 85 per cent of homeless youth have experienced a mental health crisis, and 42 per cent reported at least one suicide attempt.
The stress of homelessness impacts a young person's ability to concentrate on school, maintain a job and reach their true potential.
Fifty-three per cent of homeless youth drop out of school as life stressors become too pressing to concentrate on education. And 75 per cent of homeless youth are unemployed, a reflection of the challenges in gaining and maintaining work while living on the street.
How your support helps
At Covenant House, we serve youth between 16 to 24 years old: a critical time for intervention, and a chance to change a young person's life.
We are the largest agency in Canada serving youth who are homeless, trafficked or at risk. Covenant House is inclusive, intentional and impactful.
As a leader in the sector, we advocate so that all youth can have lives free from homelessness and trafficking.
Our donors allow us to meet the emerging needs of youth and accelerate their work. Our comprehensive youth-driven programming is centred on unconditional love, absolute respect and relentless engagement.
Since 1982, we have supported more than 95,000 young people.