LGBTQ youth are known to be over-represented among youth at high risk for a variety of difficulties, including homelessness. Their voice was not specifically represented in the final report, but they had much of interest to say. This paper is an exploration of their messages, with a focus on the impact of rurality on the challenges facing them.
This article explores the means by which TGOTS participants were included in or excluded from mainstream society. It is expressed as a simple rule of thumb that can be used to assess the efficacy of an intervention to reduce or reverse risk of homelessness, where homelessness is understood as the extreme expression of social failure.
Although To Go Or To Stay is qualitative research, a quantitative snapshot of the participants is included to give some sense of the scope of experience that participants brought to the narrative material. (This is included in table form in the report to the funder on page 7, available to download from the homepage in both French and English. Appendix 3 provides a guide to the distribution of migrants and non-migrants among the three counties under study, and in the case of migrants, where they were interviewed.) This gives a more in-depth glimpse into those numbers.
A series of recommendations that have been developed as a direct result of the data collected throughout the various phases of this research.
Young people, aged 16-30, who had been raised rurally in three counties in south-east Ontario (Haliburton County, City of Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough County) were recruited through youth-serving agencies and social networks in the catchment area, including the City of Toronto as a migration destination. Youth self-described as ‘insecurely housed’, which was broadly defined to include transience that is appropriate to this life-stage. As a consequence, a very broad spectrum of risk-of-homelessness is included within the data.
To Go Or To Stay is a qualitative enquiry into how young people raised rurally in South Eastern Ontario think about and manage the decision/s to stay where they were raised, or to go urban. The intent of the research is to illuminate the mechanisms underlying these decisions, and how they are related to risk of homelessness over time. The focus is on when and how youth used formal and informal resources, to what effect.