Theme 2: Sustaining successful EXITS from homelessness
There is no doubt that for young people the experience of homelessness has profound consequences for health, safety, and well-being. Prolonged experience of homelessness undermines housing stability and wellness even if young people exit homelessness, as many continue to grapple with trauma and other mental health challenges, addictions, and extreme poverty.
Research on housing trajectories for youth who have transitioned from homelessness suggest that simply being housed does not indicate well-being, nor is it a strong predictor of healthy living, labour force participation, and social inclusion.
A key conclusion is that an effective response to youth homelessness must help currently homeless young people to exit the streets through supports that enhance well-being in order to truly achieve housing stability. The focus of this research theme is to understand housing trajectories and evaluate interventions to build a solid evidence base for more effective supports for youth transitioning from homelessness, thus leading to sustainable positive outcomes. MtS will engage in research designed to identify factors that build assets, strengthen resilience, and enhance inclusion. We will explore what policy and practice interventions have the greatest impact on helping young people to thrive.