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Homeless Youth

Yes, We Can End Youth Homelessness!

Eric Rice | Posted 08.02.2016 | Impact
Eric Rice

At the beginning of June I attended the second Policy Briefing to End Youth Homelessness at the White House, co-sponsored by True Colors Fund.

Homeless Youth Deserve The National Spotlight

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 07.27.2016 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

As the nation's two parties gather for their nominating conventions, we hear a lot of talk about homeland security, public safety, and economic opport...

We are Failing our Children: Addressing Homelessness among System-Involved Youth

Lisa Pilnik | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact
Lisa Pilnik

co-authored by Darla Bardine, Executive Director, National Network for Youth This spring, the federal Administration for Children and Families releas...

The Hardest Speech I Ever Gave

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 05.26.2016 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Last month, I joined the TEDxNavesink speakers series on makers, at Monmouth University. I looked back on the pain and resilience of three homeless te...

Coming Out of the Closet Is Now a Marketing Strategy

Domenick Scudera | Posted 05.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

If there was true acceptance of gay culture in America, then Infiniti would show a proud dad driving his son and his son's boyfriend to their prom in an Infiniti. Or a father gifting an Infiniti to his son and his husband on their wedding day.

The Realities of Pet Ownership Among Homeless Youth

Eric Rice | Posted 05.25.2016 | Impact
Eric Rice

The reality of homeless youth and their pets is something most people fail to understand. Pets of any kind provide these youth with a sense of belonging in a world that ignores or despises them.

Homeless Young Women Are 16 Times More Likely To Die Than Peers In This City

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 04.19.2016 | Impact

A new study is shedding light on the harsh toll of homelessness on youth. New research out of UC Berkeley found that homeless youth in San Francisco h...

Chicago Senator Wants To Waive $150 GED Fees For Homeless Students

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 04.12.2016 | Impact

What often stands between a homeless student and a high school degree is just a couple of hundred dollars. That’s why a Chicago senator is calling f...

Harvard Opens A Student-Run Youth Homeless Shelter

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.10.2016 | Impact

It’s hard to be homeless at any age, but particularly after age 18: at that age, homeless youth become too old to be in the foster system, but are o...

One Mormon's Work to End Homelessness

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 03.29.2016 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

In the following years, I found myself feeling distinctly uncomfortable to the point of fearfulness around the homeless in Salt Lake City, whom the Smart family had tried to help by offering money and work around their home.

Too Young to Help

Laura Rena Murray | Posted 02.25.2016 | Politics
Laura Rena Murray

I went back to my hometown, Philadelphia, to report a story on runaway and homeless youth for Al Jazeera America. It was a difficult story to report because I was one of those kids.

Faith Requires Us To Look After Vulnerable Children

Dr. Michael B. Brown | Posted 02.25.2016 | Religion
Dr. Michael B. Brown

During this critical year, I think we can call upon candidates for elected office to tell us what their action plans are for at-risk children. I haven't heard enough of that yet from those hoping to inhabit the White House, despite the fact that few topics are more urgent.

Renew Help to Homeless Youth

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 02.18.2016 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

Every day across the country, youth run away from home, are kicked out, become orphans, or exit the juvenile justice or child welfare system with nowhere to go. The number of homeless teens in the US has more than doubled since 2007, and today, they number more than 1.6 million.

Does Everyone Count? Faces of the Homeless

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 02.12.2016 | Impact
Mary Anne Mercer

I was in downtown Seattle sitting in the waiting room of a center for "hygiene" services- bathrooms, showers, laundry facilities - for people who are ...

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 than a ...

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, for more t...

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.