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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 02.11.2015 | 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 02.04.2015 | 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 01.20.2015 | 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 01.16.2015 | 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 02.09.2015 | 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.

Homeless Students Exist in Every School. Is This the Year We Support Them?

Maria Rivera | Posted 01.10.2015 | Education
Maria Rivera

Over 22,000 of our students were identified as homeless last year, and it feels like, amidst discussions of testing, contracts, and school closings, no one gave this ever-rising number the attention I believe it deserves.

Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth: Riley, 21, From Philadelphia

Diana Scholl | Posted 01.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl

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The Homeless Need More Than Blankets

Marc Joseph | Posted 12.28.2014 | Impact
Marc Joseph

In this land of plenty and this land of opportunity over 600,000 American's experience homelessness on any given night with 138,000 being children und...

60 Percent Of Homeless Youths Have Been Raped Or Assaulted: Report

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.23.2014 | Impact

A new study explored who is falling victim to youth homelessness and why, and the results are troubling. The survey, conducted by the University o...

LGBT Youth Homelessness Is Not an Us/Them Issue

Jama Shelton | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Jama Shelton

I'm frustrated that 8 years after the National LGBTQ Task Force released their report calling LGBT youth homelessness an epidemic, we are still having the same conversations.

Homeless Kids Need This Stronger Law

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

You can help, right now, right from your computer. The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act needs co-sponsors to smooth its passage through the Senate.

Number Of Homeless Students In America Is Rising Rapidly

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact

The number of homeless students in the United States reached a record high during the 2012-13 school year, according to the latest data from the U.S. ...

Dispute Over Decency

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 11.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Religious radicals are marketers of mistreatment, and it's time to call them on it. It is amazing what indecent things some people say and do in the name of decency.

Joseph Erbentraut

Youth Homelessness Is An Invisible Issue, But It Doesn't Have To Be

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact

"Is this the life I'm going to live for the rest of my life?" Those are the words spoken by one of the three young people at the center of "The Hom...