Changing the Legacy of Youth Homelessness
How can we change the legacy of youth homelessness in Ottawa?
This is a complicated question with an array of possible answers.
Back in June, we partnered with A Way Home Ottawa and set up a table at Glowfair. We asked people to answer this question in just one sentence, and write it on a piece of cardboard.
Tons of people made signs and pretty soon our table was surrounded by cardboard. People had all sorts of great suggestions: more affordable housing, advocacy, community outreach… But of all the signs, the one that stood out the most was a sign made by a little girl, who was probably around 7 years old.
When asked how to help homeless youth she wrote: Love everyone. Every day. Every night.
Yeah….I think that if we all took her suggestion the legacy of youth homelessness in this city would drastically change.