Housing First programs -- including the Pathways model and the At Home/Chez Soi project--specifically prioritize chronically homeless persons with significant mental health and addictions issues. While the question, "Does Housing First work for adults?" has effectively been answered; whether and how it works for youth still remains an askable question.
It is argued here that for young people, the need to get them into housing with appropriate supports as soon as possible is paramount. We know from research that the longer a young person is absolutely homeless or comes to rely on emergency services, the greater their entrenchment in the street youth lifestyle, the more estranged they become from mainstream services, the worse their health (mental health and addictions) becomes, and the greater likelihood of their experiencing crime and violence, as well as sexual and economic exploitation.
Learn more at the Homeless Hub: homelesshub.ca/housingfirstyouth