M08 – Extending Supports to Foster Youth Past 19

Nearly half of BC’s homeless population have had some previous experience in the foster care system. This session explains the socio-economic context of this phenomenon, provides an overview of the housing work undertaken by Aunt Leah’s Place since 1988 in working with youth ‘aging out’ at 19, and presents a cost-benefit analysis of various scenarios for changing social policy related to youth leaving care.