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Homeless Youth

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 03.31.2015 | Impact

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

A Digital Lifeline: The Importance of Cell Phones to Homeless Youth

Eric Rice | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact
Eric Rice

That's right, this young homeless woman has cell phone. And she's using it to reach out to me to try to get some answers about her legal rights. And yes, I promised to call her back once I had more information.

Miley Cyrus Writes Heartfelt Letter To NY Governor Seeking Funds For Homeless Youth

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact

Miley Cyrus is continuing to use her star power to advocate on behalf of young people in need. The 22-year-old singer wrote a letter to New York Go...

Please Call Your Senator Today to Help Millions of Homeless Kids

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Mark Horvath

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) current definition of homelessness excludes most children and youth who are actually homeless: those staying in motels, or temporarily with others because they have nowhere else to go.

Lila Shapiro

A Look At 'Survival Sex' And The Queer Teens Who Are Turning To It

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.27.2015 | Gay Voices

After his grandmother kicked him out into the cold, someone offered the 19-year-old a warm bed for the weekend. All the guy wanted in exchange for his...

Homeless Dad On The 1 Thing That Could Help Him Get Job

www.theatlantic.com | Posted 02.17.2015 | Impact

BERKELEY, Calif.–During the day, the northern end of Telegraph Avenue is filled with students, street vendors, and panhandlers. Stay out late enough...

In Counting the Homeless This Week, Let's Count Youth Who Exchange Sex for Shelter

Ariel Zwang | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
Ariel Zwang

Youth who are homeless will hang out in places where they've never been counted before and where you'd never recognize them. But those youth who are couch surfing, or worse, trading sex for a safe place to sleep (survival sex), will be left out.

No Shelter: Counting the Homeless in Seattle

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Mary Anne Mercer

I was walking down a street in one of Seattle's toniest neighborhoods with my 25-year-old daughter and another young woman. We were part of Seattle/King County's One Night Count of the homeless, a massive effort to document the number of "unsheltered" persons on a random winter night.

How Helping The Homeless Youth Helps You

Robin Hall | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Robin Hall

Having worked at a homeless shelter now for nine months, the problem seems clear: A distinct lack of compassion on our behalves, and a severe lack of mental health services for the homeless.

An Open Letter to a Rising Star

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

While J. Lo wiped away her tears on national television, and I did the same with more privacy, I wanted to praise you, thank you, and shout from the rooftops about you.

Finding Home for the Holidays

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Irene Monroe

I truly believe if American Christians stayed more focused on the message and teachings of Jesus, many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people would not have the annual angst of searching for home for the holidays.

Why You Should Curb Your Instinct to Judge Homeless Youth

Ariel Zwang | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact
Ariel Zwang

When you see a homeless young person like Mike on the street, you don't see the trauma he has suffered after years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

Unaccompanied and Unnoticed: Saving Our Homeless Youth

Eric Rice | Posted 03.20.2015 | Impact
Eric Rice

The recent publication of "America's Youngest Outcasts" by the National Center on Family Homelessness reports a staggering 2.5 million homeless children under the age of 18. Justifiably, this news has people in an uproar.

This Formerly Homeless Man Is Making 'Huts' For Those Without Shelter

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 12.05.2014 | Impact

Pvgzly Addams knows how helpless it can feel to live without a roof over your head -- that's why you might spot him with a hammer and nails in Ocean P...

Hells Angels Wait In Line For 5 Days To Buy Bikes For Homeless Kids

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 12.04.2014 | Impact

The Hells Angels may enjoy racing down highways in Harleys, but they'll also wait in a stagnant line for days if it means putting a smile on a kid's f...

This 5-Year-Old Gives Homeless Kids Care Packages That Make Them Feel Right At Home

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact

Jayla Newson found it unacceptable when she spotted a girl and her mother living without a home. So she did something about it. "She was like, 'Wha...

Where Ben Can Be Himself

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 01.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Kevin M. Ryan

From the time he was 9, he sensed he didn't fit in. At that young age, he'd asked his mother what a kid in his town meant by calling him gay. She told him not to use that "horrible" word, and that gay people are "bad." They "go to hell," she said, urging him "to pray for them, but never go near them."

Homeless Families Deprived Of Help Because They Don't Fit Strict Definition

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact

As the director of the California Homeless Youth Project, Shahera Hyatt works to combat the growing number of homeless children in the state, but her ...

The $65 Dollar "Solution"

Dan Cardinali | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

Thanksgiving is one of those holidays when we tend to think about the less fortunate, and this year, I'll be thinking specifically about two numbers: $49 and $65.

When There's No Going Home

Susan Kools, RN, PhD, FAAN | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Susan Kools, RN, PhD, FAAN

It's high time that we understand the lost human capital of foster care children and be proactive in our approach to to usher them into adulthood -- really, just another three to five years -- the right way.