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New report looks at the health of homeless and street-involved youth across BC – Kelowna Capital News

by ahnationtalk on July 28, 2015418 Views

Jul 27, 2015

McCreary Centre Society has today published the results of a survey looking at the health of 12 to 19 year olds who are homeless, precariously housed, or involved in a street lifestyle.

As in 2006 when the survey was last conducted, Aboriginal youth were over-represented among homeless and street-involved youth in BC (53% of survey respondents). Other marginalized groups of youth who were over-represented included sexual minority youth, youth with a mental health condition, and youth who had been through the government care system.

The report shows that youth most commonly first became homeless or street-involved when they were 13 or 14 years old, although more than a quarter (28%) first became homeless at a younger age.

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