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Homeless Youth

Why Homophobic Harlem Church Building Should Become LGBT Homeless Youth Shelter

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.05.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

The last thing Manning would ever fathom for the church space is it becoming NYC's largest homeless shelter and resource center for LGBTQ African American youth. And the Ali Forney Center has launched a fundraising drive to grab the space.

When You Have Nowhere To Go Home To During College Breaks

Amber M. Briggs | Posted 01.25.2016 | College
Amber M. Briggs

There are many ways in which homeless (and other low-income) students are continuously marginalized while in college. Kicking students out of their dorms with unrealistic housing alternatives only emphasizes that, at certain institutions, these students are not a priority.

An Vote Tomorrow to Keep Kids Safe

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 01.06.2016 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Homeless young people strive to remain invisible, knowing that if they look like they don't have a safe place to sleep at night, they can be exploited by the forces of the street -- pimps, thieves, criminals who want to recruit them, violent people who want to harm them just because they can.

The True Colors Fund for End of Year Giving

Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen

While many celebrities associate themselves with charities as a means of generating positive PR, rock legend Cyndi Lauper puts her time and money where her mouth is.

A Bright Spot in the Budget for Homeless Young People

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 12.18.2015 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

The holidays hit homeless youth hard. Everywhere they look, people are spending money, showing loved ones how much they care, heading home for big feasts. If you're a kid with no money, no loved ones, and no home, the songs piped into every store can sting.

Medicaid Can Provide Funding for Support Services for the Homeless

Jeff Woodward | Posted 12.07.2015 | Impact
Jeff Woodward

People who are housed are not homeless. Medicaid can help, but until federal, state and local policy makers get serious about creating more affordable housing, millions of vulnerable people with disabilities will continue to face homelessness every year.

Homeless People Find Refuge In Hawaii Camp Run By Mostly Women

Civil Beat | Chloe Fox | Posted 01.31.2016 | Impact

It takes a lot to shock Twinkle Borge. The stout 46-year-old woman has been homeless — or as she would prefer to say, houseless — for more...

Seattle Declares State Of Emergency On Homeless Crisis

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 11.03.2015 | Impact

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine this week declared states of emergency for their homeless crises, pledging millions...

Man Aims To Break Black Friday Stakeout Record For The Best Reason

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.03.2015 | Impact

Kevin Sutton hopes to score a well-priced television, but that’s not the only reason he’s camping outside Best Buy in Orlando, Florida, fo...

Is Operation Cross Country the Best Way to Fight Child Sex Trafficking?

Katherine Koster | Posted 10.29.2015 | Impact
Katherine Koster

The sweep netted 149 youth involved in the sex trade. It also led to arrests of 150 "pimps as well as other individuals." Rescuing "commercially sexually exploited youth" and catching their "exploiters" sounds like a great thing, right? Actually, it's a bit more complicated.

No Room for Life: One Student's Journey from Eviction to Graduate School

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 10.29.2015 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

There is no room for life when it comes to housing policies. We're above a certain line of income, so we don't qualify for help. We pay rent well over the rent we used to pay before being evicted, but in order to prove that we can have a home again we would have to pay almost triple the amount.

Meet Some Of The LGBT Homeless Youth The Pope Didn't Visit

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Homelessness is, without a doubt, a major issue for the queer community. Rates of homelessness among queer youth -- those under age 18 in Am...

Mexican Teenagers Went From Being Homeless To National Heroes In One Week

Fusion | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 09.28.2015 | Latino Voices

The homeless men and women of Mexico have brought glory to their country. Last weekend, a group of Mexican street kids won the 2015 Homeless World Cup...

Connecting Disconnected Youth

Mark Redmond | Posted 09.04.2015 | Impact
Mark Redmond

Spectrum is a model that works. It is a solution to a vexing problem with which our nation is struggling to come to terms.

Feminist Masterpiece on Teen Survival

Kimberly Dark | Posted 09.03.2015 | Books
Kimberly Dark

It's not that you want to save Taylor; you know you can't. By the end of page two, Debra Busman has established a child character as complex and compelling as any adult.

The Steps One Homeless Teen Took To Get A Full Ride To Yale

The Huffington Post | Sasha Bronner | Posted 09.18.2015 | College

Viviana Andazola Marquez ranks getting into Yale as the single proudest moment of her life. Her frank personal statement about growing up ho...

New York Summer Camp Gives Homeless Children A Chance To Just Be Kids

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact

For most kids, summer is a time of year to look forward to. But that's not typically the case for the 23,000 children who live in New York City&rsquo...

Activists Create Sleep Safe Haven For London Homeless

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact
Van Winkle's

In just one of many examples of why the world is a cold, ugly place, "anti-homeless spikes" have materialized in London.

Elusive and Unsettling: Child and Youth Homelessness in America

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 05.26.2015 | DC
Jean-Michel Giraud

The elephant in the room is our conspicuous reluctance as a society to develop adequate service systems for homeless youth and children. Is the thought of the young people on the street so unsettling and counter to our values that we simply choose to look the other way? Is the reality of trafficking and exploitation so hard to face?

How One-On-One Tutoring Is Creating Possibilities For LA's Homeless Youth

The Huffington Post | Anastassia Olmos | Posted 05.13.2015 | Impact

For the nonprofit School On Wheels, change begins when people focus on what they can do to help. “We can’t end homelessness, but we can help a...

Why This Mom Is Calling Miley Cyrus a Hero

Melissa McLaren | Posted 05.11.2015 | Entertainment
Melissa McLaren

Say what you will about Miley Cyrus but the girl has the ability to accumulate press. And, what I've always loved about her, even when her actions made me cringe, is that she didn't seem to care what other people said or thought.

Creating Higher Education Opportunities for Homeless Youth

Eric Rice | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Eric Rice

College. Right. That is what so many homeless youth need. I have been working with homeless youth and homeless youth providers for the past 12 years. The great joy of working in this community is the sense of hope the youth engender.

This Group Is Fulfilling More Than Just The Basic Needs Of LA's Homeless Youth

The Huffington Post | Anna-Catherine Brigida | Posted 04.24.2015 | Impact

Demonque Williams exited the foster care system at age 18 in 2010 with nowhere to go and no one to turn to. Now 22, he still does not have a stabl...

This Is How Homeless Youth Truly Want To Be Seen

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 04.23.2015 | Teen

There’s more to LGBT homeless youth than the stereotypes used to describe them. A deeper level exists -- a level the Reciprocity Foundation wanted t...

Denver Coffee Shop Hires Homeless Youth, Gives Them Second Chance 'No One Else Would'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.17.2015 | Impact

Most bosses avoid meddling in their employees' personal lives, but Madison Chandler and Mark Smesrud are different. They co-founded Purple Door Cof...