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Context The major social issue facing our communities is homelessness and the crime, drugs and prostitution associated with it. People who live on the street consume a disproportionate amount of our community resources. British Columbia is now spending $65,000 per year per person to manage homelessness. In spite of all this money and our efforts the number of people on the street increases from 2100 in 1999 to 2600 in 2008. One per cent of our children and youth in Canada find themselves in the provincial child-care system and yet between 65 and 90% of the people living on our streets were at one time system kids. Foster children often enter the system with mental or physical problems and leave the system inadequately prepared to become contributing members of our communities. Only 21 per cent of system kids graduate from high school, compared to 80 per cent of other Canadian youth. Foster care is a fast track to the streets Opportunity We know the names, phone numbers and addresses of the majority of the people who will end up living on our streets next year, 5 years from now and 10 years from now. Today they are in foster care. … Continue reading Story