Youth and Homelessness

by jbrad4 on October 21, 2013 - 7:03pm


            Homelessness upon youth is a growing problem especially in the United States. The United Nations defines a “youth” as a person between the ages of 15 and 24. Research states that there are between 1.6 and 2 million homeless youth each night. This number is the amount of “runaways, throwaways, street youth and systems youth.”  Homelessness itself is a problem on its own however; homelessness causes a variety of more serious problems. Homelessness often leads to the spread of sexually transmitted infections, substance abuse and other physical ailments. Many times homeless people have deep psychiatric disorders.

            On page of the critical thinking book it discusses the criteria for evaluating reasoning. The authors of my article definitely make implications that are sensitive to the readers. The authors state what the facts as they are. The authors get straight to the point stating the real effects that the homelessness cycle has on young people. They state the consequences of not helping to breaking the homeless cycle. The point of the article was to educate readers on what leads to young people becoming homeless and the long term effects.











Edidin, J., Ganim, Z., Hunter, S., & Karnik, N. (2011). The mental and physical health of             homeless youth. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev, (43), 354-375. doi: 10.1007/s10578-011-     0270-1



I like that you are choosing to addressing a very important issue. I to believe that the homeless status leads to a snowball effect, where on bad thing leads to another and another and another. Similarly to you in the US, we in Montreal we are facing the same issue. I found an article from the online journal called The Mental Health Special Issue. It explains how Montreal is dealing with the same problem but how we have found a method of prevention or solution. I Downtown Montreal we have a YMCA booth that sets out to help at risk teen find shelters, soup kitchens, and mental health services. The article strongly emphasizes that teens who are homeless find themselves dealing with mental disorders, addictions and tendencies to partake in prostitution or crimes. If you are interested in learning about possible solution to this world wide issue of youth homelessness I suggest you read this article.

Indeed, homelessness is an issue that is gripping many people, of all ages, across both the United States and Canada and it is important to discuss the topic in the hopes of possibly quashing it once and for all.

I reside in the suburbs of Montreal – the second biggest metropolis in Canada – and all my life I’ve become accustomed, sadly, to the homeless that lie outside in the alleyways during the summer months, and who cradle themselves tightly inside the Métro (subway) stations during the arduous winters. As you wrote, what’s become more apparent is that growing amounts of young people have started calling the streets their home. It’s unfortunate, as it’s horrible to see anyone wallow alone, helpless in the streets. In regards to programs aimed at curbing homelessness, I just recently read an article by Charlie Fidelman in The Gazette (a local Montreal newspaper), where it was discussed that a research project on affordable housing, carried about by the Canadian government, was deemed a success in fighting homelessness. Though the project, known as “Housing First/ Chez Soi” is no longer in operation here in Quebec, it is said to have a shown a great amount of success. The key-contributing factor behind it: providing helpful follow-up care to those in affordable housing.

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