Homeless Youth & the Search for Stability
Youth are one of the fastest growing segments of the homeless population. Although there has been much research on how youth become homeless and survive on the streets, we know little about their pathways off the street and the many challenges that present during this process. This book relates the lived experiences of homeless youth as they negotiate the individual, sociocultural, and economic tensions of transitioning out of homeless and street contexts and cultures. Using a longitudinal mixed-method research approach, the authors interviewed fifty-one former homeless youth in both Toronto and Halifax, resulting in a privileged entry into the lives of these young people for a year. Through rich qualitative prose, quantitative elaboration, and comic-book narratives, participants spoke of courage, fortitude, strength, adversity, and, at times, simple bad luck. Ultimately these became stories of fragility, complexity, living on the edge, and the (re-)building of identity.