Living throughout York Region, on friends’ couches and in cars, under bridges, abandoned trailers and sometimes just in tents out in the forest out of sight are teens with no place to call home. We don’t see them because they look like every other kid, but they’re homeless all the same. York Region youth are spending nights out of sight, in temporary beds or staying in places that could cause them even greater physical and emotional harm. These are kids from every neighbourhood, class and culture.

Youth homelessness remains a significant problem in Canada’s fastest growing region, where 10 per cent of our friends and neighbours live in low-income households and one in every five households struggles to find affordable housing. Our young people are already paying the price for a community in urgent need of additional affordable housing and support services.