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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Youth Shelter Idea Still In Running To Win 150k

An initiative to get the city's homeless young people off the streets and into their own shelter in the South end still has a shot at $150,000. 

Safe Harbour Transitional Youth Services is taking part in the Aviva Community Fund and has made it past the first round. Project Coordinator Colin McDonald tells CHSJ News the shelter would offer help to youth who want to get on the right track. 

McDonald says there's a big difference between a 16-year old kid who has just hit the streets compared to someone who has been on the street for 20+ years and are very immersed in street culture. Youth are the least likely group to identify themselves as homeless, so it's hard to say exactly how many young people are homeless in Saint John, but in 2012, 67 youth stayed in adult-serving shelters.

Voting for the second qualifying round ends on Monday. To cast your vote for the idea, click here. To check out the other ideas, click here.