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Peter Wall Institute to exhibit “19th Birthday”

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The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, a partner of the Housing Justice Project, is exhibiting the youth-created multimedia project “19th Birthday”, presented by the Housing Matters Media Project (see post below).

The multimedia art exhibit — entitled “The 19th Birthday Party” — opened Monday at the university’s Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. It allows visitors to sit at the table of a 19th birthday party where every spot offers a digital story told by a former child in care

About 700 foster children turn 19 each year in B.C. In recent interviews with The Vancouver Sun, many argued the age of support should continue until at least 21, or as high as 25, so they have more time to build stable lives.

Academic studies have shown that supporting these youth for a few more years can drastically increase their odds of success, and ultimately decrease the burden on taxpayers by reducing their reliance on social services.

To see the films screened in the exhibit, see the post below. To read the original article, click here.

Housing Matters Media Project release

Housing Matters Media Project, a partner of the Housing Justice Project, has recently released a new series of youth-created films which hope to promote awareness and reflection on the issue of “aging out” of foster-care.

The 19th Birthday Party invites the viewer to sit down at the table and reflect on the meaning of becoming 19 as one of the 700 youth who will age out of government care this year in British Columbia.

Watch a clip contexutalizing the proejct above, and see the videos here.


Finding Home Series via Tyee Solutions Society

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This series was produced by Tyee Solutions Society in collaboration with Tides Canada Initiatives Society. This series was made possible through the support of the Real Estate Foundation, Vancity, and BC Non-Profit Housing Association. Support for this project does not necessarily imply any funder’s endorsement of the findings or contents of this report. TSS funders and Tides Canada Initiatives neither influence nor endorse the particular content of TSS’ reporting. Other publications wishing to publish this story or other Tyee Solutions Society-produced articles, please see this page for contacts and information.

Ontario youth lead changes to foster-care


Some Ontario youth and their supporters held a two-day series of hearings in provincial legislature which is recognized as the reason for newly announced expanded support for those transitioning out of foster care. Different Ontario ministries have announced policies in support of foster-care transition including “tuition-free post-secondary education, with $500 a month for living expenses up to age 25.”

As a result of the 2011 hearings, last June a blueprint for change to the Ontario child welfare system was created by a committee of youth and community representatives. The report makes several recommendations, and Elman said the government accepted them all and is working now to implement the changes.

To read the original article, click here.

Ian Frazier on the Hidden Homeless of NYC


The Coalition for the Homeless, a leading advocate for homeless people in New York City, claims the number of homeless New Yorkers in 2013 exceeds 50,000 and is comparable to Great Depression numbers. Visible street homelessness represents only a small portion of this figure. A new feature by Ian Frazier for the New Yorker details the program assistance available to homeless New Yorkers and the deteriorating situation under the Bloomberhg Mayorship.

The families lining up at PATH, and the single adult men at their intake point, in the Bellevue Men’s Shelter, on East Thirtieth Street, and the single adult women at the women’s intake at the help women’s shelter, on Williams Avenue, in Brooklyn: from a legal standpoint, these people are not asking for charity. They are exercising a right. Since 1938, the right to shelter has been implicit among the rights guaranteed by the constitution of the State of New York (though court action had to confirm it). No other city or state in America offers this right as solidly and unambiguously as does New York. Advocates love the right to shelter. Most mayors hate it. Referring to it on one of his weekly radio shows last March, Mayor Bloomberg urged the city’s taxpayers “to call their representatives in Albany and say, ‘We ain’t gonna do this anymore.’ ”

See the full article below.


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