The Home Depot Canada Foundation doubles investment; adds an additional $10 Million over two years to help end youth homelessness, brings total commitment to $20 Million by 2018 OTTAWA, Nov. 17, 2016 /CNW/ - The Home Depot Canada Foundation, the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and A Way Home Canada today announced the results of the first ever National Youth Homelessness Survey in Canada. According to this ground-breaking new survey, Youth homelessness can begin as young as age 13, and if not addressed can lead to years on the streets. "So many youth have their first experience of homelessness in their early teens, and our research shows that once on the streets things really go downhill," said Stephen Gaetz, director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness at York University. "If we don't address youth homelessness early, we will be dealing with chronic adult homelessness in the future." More than 6,000 youth don't have a safe place to sleep every night, making youth homelessness one of the most urgent social issues in Canada. Without A Home - The National Youth Homelessness Survey finds that understanding the causes and conditions of youth homelessness are vital to implementing the right supports to help create successful futures and break the cycle of youth homelessness. "The findings will lead to more effective plans, strategies and interventions at the national, regional and local levels to prevent and end youth homelessness in Canada," said Melanie Redman, Executive Director of A Way Home Canada. "From conception, this critical piece of research was a collaborative effort between The Home Depot Canada Foundation, researchers, service providers, and most importantly, youth with lived experience."