Youth in desperate need of government plan for housing supports: Rogers
NDP Housing Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says government must take decisive action immediately to protect youth with complex needs. Youth who have been in the care of government are left without resources when they are too old for programs such as foster care.
Dealing with multiple issues that can include past traumas, learning disabilities, substance abuse and unemployment, these youth often wind up homeless or living in very sub-standards housing such as unregulated boarding houses. A panel discussion this morning, presented by Choices for Youth, highlighted the problems their clients face.
“Our youth with complex needs falling are through the cracks at age 16 when they age out of care, become homeless or end up in horrifying, unsafe boarding houses, terrifying for them and very costly to society,” Rogers said in the House of Assembly today.
“I ask the Premier will he commit to the development of a concrete plan to prevent and end youth homelessness with actionable items, measureable targets and a defined budget as they did in Alberta and for it to be ready by June 2016?”
Rogers also wants the Premier to commit to a freeze on the sale of all public land and buildings, including vacant schools, hospitals, NL Housing assets, until government comes up with a Housing Strategy based on consultation with municipalities and NGOs.