On With Rhonda: Ricochet will be the first emergency youth shelter on the West Island

Tania Charron, AJOI, Ricochet West Island

About Homelessness on the West Island

Since 2010, AJOI’s outreach workers have been documenting homelessness affecting youth on West Island of Montreal (WI). Results show that hundreds of young people live in unstable conditions every year (Le phénomène de la domiciliation précaire chez de jeunes adultes dans la zone Ouest-de-l’Île de Montréal; AJOI, UQAM and Ville de Montréal, 2014; L’itinérance à Montréal Au-delà des chiffres, RAPSIM, 2016; Jeunes et itinérance Dévoiler une réalité peu visible, Conseil jeunesse de Montréal, 2017).

Young people experiencing residential instability in the WI use strategies such as couchsurfing, crowding and exchange of services making homelessness invisible to society. We call this phenomenon ‘’hidden homelessness’’.

AJOI’s outreach workers intervene more than 2,000 times per year concerning homelessness on the WI. Interventions include issues such as primary needs, housing and shelter. In 2015, a survey showed that 25.8% of downtown homeless youth come from the suburbs of Montreal (iCount MTL Phase 2).


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