Why Leah Barendregt is Sleeping Outside
I’m sleeping outside to help protect and support homeless and vulnerable youth.
In April 2020, Vancouver’s official homeless count found that there were nearly 700 youth (age 13-24) homeless in Metro Vancouver. Hundreds to thousands more experience episodic homelessness and are considered precariously or inappropriately housed, experiencing what is known as ‘hidden homelessness.’ Family conflict, addiction and mental health issues were cited as the biggest reasons individuals found themselves homeless.
Over the past year, homeless and other vulnerable youth in Vancouver and the lower mainland have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. With many services put on hold or cancelled, youth were forced to quickly adapt to the changing circumstances around them. Through resilience, strength, and courage, these youth have made it through the last 18 months of this pandemic. Now, more than ever, they need our support.
By making a donation to me, you are continuing Youth Unlimited’s active and essential prevention work with homeless and vulnerable youth, providing tangible help, caring support and a way out.
I’m giving up one night, so these youth can have a lifetime. Please support me by donating generously!