About Homelessness on the West Island
Since 2010, AJOI’s outreach workers have been documenting homelessness affecting youth on West Island of Montreal (WI). Results show that hundreds of young people live in unstable conditions every year (Le phénomène de la domiciliation précaire chez de jeunes adultes dans la zone Ouest-de-l’Île de Montréal; AJOI, UQAM and Ville de Montréal, 2014; L’itinérance à Montréal Au-delà des chiffres, RAPSIM, 2016; Jeunes et itinérance Dévoiler une réalité peu visible, Conseil jeunesse de Montréal, 2017).
Young people experiencing residential instability in the WI use strategies such as couchsurfing, crowding and exchange of services making homelessness invisible to society. We call this phenomenon ‘’hidden homelessness’’.
AJOI's outreach workers intervene more than 2,000 times per year concerning homelessness on the WI. Interventions include issues such as primary needs, housing and shelter. In 2015, a survey showed that 25.8% of downtown homeless youth come from the suburbs of Montreal (iCount MTL Phase 2).
The existing resources on WI do not meet the needs of young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
An emergency shelter does not exist on the WI forcing AJOI’s outreach workers to shuttle WI youth to resources located downtown or Vaudreuil.
The lack of services in the WI contributes directly to the marginalization of these young people, uprooting them from their community and breaking the sense of security they have developed on the WI.
Ricochet is managed by the team of Action Jeunesse de l'Ouest-de-l'Île (AJOI).
AJOI has been working to better the quality of life of West Island youth since 2007. Between 2017 and 2018, the street outreach workers have assisted in over 2500 instances of life challenges such as homelessness, housing, shelter and primary needs. Ricochet will be a first of its kind on the West Island territory to offer young adults housing services.
Ricochet's Founding Members
Jag Nara Simha Devara
Karine Bah Tahé