Approximately 150 million people are homeless and more than 1.8 billion people worldwide lack adequate and affordable housing. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has established the Toronto Centre of Excellence on Youth Homelessness Prevention, the first Geneva UN Charter Centre of Excellence in North America, to support efforts of cities and governments in fighting homelessness.
The center will be co-directed by Stephen Gaetz, professor of of Education at York University and president of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH), and Melanie Redman,president of A Way Home Canada. It will build on work of the COH which conducted homelessness research from across Canada and beyond for many years.
Professor Gaetz says it will assess the state of youth homelessness and prevention in the 56 member states of UNECE to help get youth homelessness and prevention onto public policy agendas. He says the Toronto Centre of Excellence on Youth Homelessness Prevention is part of a network of centers with a mandate to exchange research-based knowledge, experi