While schools can be a powerful site of homelessness prevention, they are also a potential site of harm for many young people, particularly youth with disabilities and mental health struggles, youth from poverty, Indigenous youth, Black youth, and youth navigating homophobia and transphobia. However, youth see schools as an important site where homelessness prevention can happen. This suggests that while educational institutions have a long way to go in order to realize their potential, they should be an important part of prevention efforts.
This blog from Dr. Jayne Malenfant for Homeless Hub in Canada explores some of the ways that schools can contribute to homelessness prevention efforts based on findings from a participatory research project in Tio’tiá:ke/Montréal called Youth Action Research Revolution (YARR).
Read the full blog here.