More than 600 youth and young adults in Greater Victoria experience homelessness. The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness is calling for more supported youth housing to put an end to this growing crisis.

Around a table at a Vic West house, three young people are tucking into beef stew, mashed potatoes and fruit salad. It’s dinner night at the transitional home for youth run by Threshold Housing Society, and life-skills coach Peggy English has been teaching cooking skills. “That means I cook it,” she said. Matthew, 20, and Katherine, 19, have aged out of the foster care system, while 18-year-old Cody left foster care early. All are grateful to have one of the few spots in Victoria for the growing number of homeless youth.

Read the article: Groups call for resources for young ‘hidden homeless’

Source: Times Colonist

Author: Judith Lovoie

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