Drawing on research on Canadian and international practices, Stephen Gaetz will outline current thinking that is informing new directions in responding to youth homelessness. This will include a discussion of “systems of care” approaches, as well as leading innovations in models of accommodation and supports, including the Foyer, an innovative transitional housing model that has proven to be highly successful in the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States. We will also explore a framework for Housing First for youth, describing how the model can be adapted and updated in ways that meet the needs of the developing adolescent and young adult.
Stephen Gaetz’s commitment is to a research agenda that emphasizes social justice and attempts to make research relevant to policy and program development. His research interests include homelessness, youth culture and community development. His research on homelessness has focused on their economic strategies, nutritional vulnerability, education and legal and justice issues, as well as solutions to homelessness from both a Canadian and international perspective. Recently he has co-edited volumes on youth homelessness in Canada and on Housing First. Dr. Gaetz is the director of the Canadian Homelessness Research Network and the Homeless Hub, projects dedicated to mobilizing homelessness research so that it has a greater impact on policy, planning and service provision, thereby contributing to solutions to end homelessness in Canada.
Presented in partnership with Choices For Youth.