Smith A, Stewart D, Poon C, Peled M, Saewyc E, & McCreary Centre Society. (2015). Our communities, our youth: The health of homeless and street-involved youth in BC. McCreary Centre Society

Youth across British Columbia most commonly first became homeless or street-involved when they were 13 or 14 years old, although more than a quarter (28%) first became homeless at a younger age.

As in 2006, Aboriginal youth were over-represented among homeless and street-involved youth (53% of survey respondents). Other marginalized groups of youth who were over-represented in the results included sexual minority youth, youth with a mental health condition, and youth who had been through the government care system.

The most common reasons youth gave for becoming homeless or street-involved were not getting along with their parents and/or being kicked out of home. The rates of both of these increased from when the survey was last conducted, as did the percentage who left home because of violence or abuse within the home (15% in 2006 vs. 24% in 2014).

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