Stephen Gaetz, The Homeless Hub
A Safe and Decent Place to Live: Towards a Housing First Framework for Youth
Stephen Gaetz and his colleagues at the Homeless Hub developed a housing first framework for youth. They also have two great webinars where they presented the framework and additional resources which you can access here.
The framework reflects a belief that for young people the experience of homelessness – both in terms of its causes and conditions - is distinct from that which impacts adults, and therefore the solutions must reflect these important differences. We cannot take an established approach that works for adults and simply create Housing First “Junior” by changing the age mandate. If Housing First is to work for youth, it must be built upon our understanding of the developmental, social and legal needs of young persons.