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Youth Homelessness

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.

Just Because You Do 'Good' Work Doesn't Mean You're a Good Person

Michael Lee | Posted 01.15.2016 | Education
Michael Lee

One of the ideas we have to get beyond is the idea of someone being inherently moral or just or generally "good" because of the nature of the work with which they are involved.

How the Homeless Population Is Changing: It's Older and Sicker

The Conversation US | Posted 01.21.2016 | Impact
The Conversation US

What policymakers and the general public need to recognize is that the homeless are aging faster than the general population in the U.S. This shift in the demographics has major implications for how municipalities and health care providers deal with homeless populations.

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.

Every Person Deserves a Place to Call Home for the Holidays

Julián Castro | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Julián Castro

Every person deserves a safe, stable place to call home. But in the wealthiest nation in the world, more than half a million Americans sleep on the streets or spend their Thanksgiving in a homeless shelter. Many of them are children.

For LGBTQ Youth, Safe Space Is Key

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jean-Michel Giraud

As seen with other groups, one-size-fits-all sheltering does not work. Shelter reformers are taking note of this as of late, and this is a good thing.

Tackling the Taboo: Low Income Housing in the U.S.

Jimmy Ramirez | Posted 08.25.2015 | Impact
Jimmy Ramirez

If our city governments insist on privatizing the development of affordable housing, which the District has done for the past 30 years, then it is the responsibility of that same government to step in when market forces come up short.

A Presidential Debate on Science: Mental Illness and the Human Dimensions of Science

Matthew Chapman | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

Some people think science is dry or boring and has nothing to do with their lives. Still more believe that science has become so complex that politicians are incapable of talking about it, that no one but scientists can discuss it. But science is now so integral to every aspect of our lives that it has to be talked about by those who wield power.

My Struggle To Survive As A Homeless Youth

Kristopher Sharp | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kristopher Sharp

My life is proof that we can change the future of thousands of youth forced into homelessness by simply valuing their lives, making investments into their futures, and recognizing that they are worth more than a few bucks and some leftover lunch. I am worth something -- and so is every other homeless youth.

Inside The 'Double Life' Of A Beauty Queen Who Ended Up Homeless

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 04.01.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Former pageant queen Blair Griffith grew up in a nice house in an affluent neighborhood, but it all changed when she lost her father to prostate cance...

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...

Housing Families, Children and Youth

Deborah De Santis | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Amidst growing concern for families, the National Alliance to End Homelessness this week is holding its 2015 Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness.

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.

President's Budget Proposal Addresses Housing Needs

Deborah De Santis | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

We need to join together to persuade Congress to fund programs that end homelessness, create more supportive housing, and increase the overall supply of affordable housing for all Americans.

New York Homeless Numbers Climb, Despite De Blasio's System Overhaul

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 12.29.2014 | Impact

The number of New Yorkers struggling with homelessness has reached unprecedented levels under a leader that vowed to take on the growing crisis. In...

Shadee Ashtari

A Look Into The 'Double Lives' Of America's Homeless College Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics

Sean McLean's first day of college at the University of Massachusetts Boston came on the heels of sobering news: The night before, he and his family w...

Watch The Moment These New York Homeless Kids See Their Brand New Playroom

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.09.2015 | Good News

If anyone's deserving of an epic home makeover, it's these kids. Homeless children staying at Bushwick Family Residences in New York were treated t...

Homeless Kids' Letters To Santa Remind Us Not Everyone Will Have A Happy Holiday (How To Help)

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact

Not every child will wake up on Dec. 25 to a mound of presents under the Christmas tree. Some won't even wake up with a permanent roof over their head...

Child Homelessness Reaches All Time High, But Remains A Hidden Problem

Stateline | Teresa Wiltz | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

If Life Is a Game, What Are the Rules?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 01.21.2015 | Education
Stuart Muszynski

The students who make up the poverty and homeless statistics that some suburbanites look at dispassionately, shaking their heads while proclaiming, "Not in America!" -- these kids want to succeed.

'Are You Ashamed?': Addressing Youth Homelessness

Colette (Coco) Auerswald | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Colette (Coco) Auerswald

Youth are our greatest resource statewide and nationally. In the long run, it is not only our moral responsibility, but also to our benefit that the opportunity to reach their potential and to live long, healthy, productive lives, is extended to all youth.

The Pathway to Recovery from Childhood Trauma

Bruce Lesley | Posted 01.14.2015 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

I am not my PTSD. I never was - and never will be - crazy. The trauma therapy, however hellish, is a pill I must swallow. Through it, I will heal. The darkness in my life will, someday soon, brighten, and I will excel when that time comes.

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 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Diana Scholl

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The Flavor of the Month

Leslie Handler | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Leslie Handler

He met a girl. She had an apartment. He moved in with her. Even though the relationship didn't last, it was enough for him to get himself off the streets, clean himself up, get a job, and become stable. But what can be done for all the youth who don't have such an option?