YSB releases new video depicting the plight of youth homelessness

A new video released by the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa (YSB) depicts the frightening reality experienced by homeless youth.

OTTAWA, Dec. 17, 2015 /CNW/ - As the cold winter months roll in, it is critical to call attention to the hundreds of youth who will find themselves on the streets this winter. "Young people are often forced out of their home due to family conflict," said Joanne Lowe, Executive Director of YSB.  "Even in a rich city like Ottawa, there are about 1000 young people who do not have a safe place to call home."

YSB offers services for at-risk youth from all corners of the city. YSB provides homeless young people with a safe place to sleep, warm meals, and life-changing services and resources that help them rebuild their lives.  YSB's programs and services change and save young lives.

Quick facts

  • 30,000 people are homeless in Canada; 20 per cent of these people are youth.
  • One in five shelter users in Canada are youth, aged 16 to 24.
  • Youth are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population.
  • To help homeless youth this holiday season and give them a chance at a bright future, people can donate to YSB: Visit donate.ysb.ca or text YOUTH to 20222.

About the Youth Services Bureau
YSB is one of the largest and most comprehensive non-profit agencies serving youth in Ottawa. It offers over 30 programs and serves 3,000 youth and families every month in the areas of youth engagement, housing and homelessness, mental health, youth justice and employment.


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SOURCE Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa

Video with caption: "Video - Youth Homelessness in Ottawa". Video available at: https://youtu.be/Yrr349xSmUM

For further information: Suzanne Fraser, Youth Services Bureau, 613-277-7103, sfraser@ysb.on.ca

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