REST Centres, a Brampton non-profit, has seen a rise in the number of racialized youth at risk of homelessness seeking help in Peel Region since its inception in 2021. The organization provides transitional housing and support. The surge is attributed to the high cost of living, housing crisis, and lack of support for at-risk youth. The centre’s executive director, Dagma Koyi, is concerned about keeping up with demand and is calling for more government support. Peel Region acknowledges the growing demand and is adding 17 beds to the existing 48 at Peel Youth Village. REST Centres has served as a vital lifeline for youth, emphasizing the crucial role these organizations play in safeguarding marginalized youth from the challenges of homelessness.
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