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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GSA implements new grant for students with children

The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) has launched a $4,000 grant designed to assist student-parents pursuing graduate studies at Carleton. The grant, created in January, aims to supplement graduate students’ costs for childcare so that they can attend academic events outside of regular school or childcare hours, such as during weekends and evenings. Eligible students can apply for several grants, to a maximum of $250 per student, per fiscal year, according to the GSA website. The grant is the brainchild of Victoria Simmons, a sociology and anthropology PhD student. Simmons, who has been a parent for the entirety of her graduate studies, said the responsibility of finding childcare presents an “economic barrier that we [fellow student-parents] face that perhaps other students […]

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