I just found an article that gives some insight into how youth can fall between the cracks. Naomi Nichols was researching community safety in the Jane-Finch area. She hired a sixteen year old resident as a youth researcher. Over the course of the project, this youth became homeless.
Many of the circumstances faced by this youth could take place anywhere in Toronto, but the second paragraph has particular relevance to Jane-Finch. This is where Ms. Nichols mentions how neighbourhoods like Jane-Finch are divided into area with boundaries that few youth dare cross.
The author concludes that this story “illustrates some of the interplay between housing and homelessness, education, youth justice, family dynamics, and community safety.”
It is certainly worthwhile reading for anyone interested in these subjects. Click here to read the original article