Youth Rights! Right Now!

Submitted by Natasha Pei on August 11, 2016 - 5:10am
Ending Youth Homelessness: A Human Rights Guide

A human rights approach embraces the idea that all young people have a fundamental, legal right to be free of homelessness and to have access to adequate housing.

National level governments ratify international human rights treaties and report on compliance to international human rights bodies, but all levels of governments are required to comply with ratified treaties. In fact, the implementation of these commitments often happens at the ground level through policies, programs, community services and with support from local officials.

Every day dedicated policymakers, educators, social workers, volunteers and young people are improving the lives of homeless youth. To help with this important work, this guide brings human rights to the forefront of decision making with an aim to assist in the identification of systemic causes of homelessness and human rights solutions.

This Guide is for:

  • National policymakers developing a national strategy to end youth homelessness
  • Advisory Board members developing a community plan for youth homelessness
  • Young persons at-risk of experiencing homelessness with a desire to engage in developing strategies to address it
  • Social workers at local shelters or other places of refuge for homeless youth
  • Members of a Band Council directing efforts to end homelessness in their community

Download the Guide

Developed by: Canada Without Poverty, in partnership with A Way Home Canada, the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and FEANTSA (the European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless). Funding was provided by Maytree and The Laidlaw Foundation.

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