Youth homelessness in Ottawa: the most at-risk people in the capital

When people think of what a homeless person looks like, a child doesn’t usually come to mind. A large number of homeless Canadians are children and young adults. With the winter fast approaching, many are looking for a way to escape the cold.  Last year, there were 844 youth using shelters in Ottawa. Compared to adult homelessness in the capital, 1,352 male and female adults over the age of 50 used shelters, according to Kaite Burkholder Harris, director of A Way Home Ottawa, an organization whose goal it is to prevent and end youth homelessness in Canada. “We don’t really have a sense of the bigger number, because there’s not that many youth shelters,” she said. “There’s many young people […]

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Community engagement event kicks off FPA research month

The Faculty of Public Affairs (FPA) hosted the fourth annual Community Engagement Event on Feb. 24 to kick of FPA Research Month. The event was held in the MacOdrum Library Discovery Centre. It connected Ottawa community organizations, including Hub Ottawa, Entrymark, and the Alliance to End Homelessness with students. Ottawa groups and Carleton faculty offered networking presentations and gave students a chance to get more involved in the community. Ashley Fleischer, the Discovery Centre administrator, organized the event this year. She said networking workshops at the event gave students opportunities to bolster their resume. “It takes them out of the classroom and doing things that they could potentially be doing in job situations,” she said. “It just adds something interesting […]

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