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Youth Homelessness

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 06.28.2015 | Gay 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 | 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 01.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Diana Scholl


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?

Transformation: How Superheroes Pay It Forward

Bridget Fonger | Posted 12.31.2014 | Impact
Bridget Fonger

Lauri started The Teen Project to give kids what she wishes she had been given upon exiting the foster care system: proper guidance to get on the road to success, or as Lauri calls it "parenting for the parentless."

Dozens Of Homeless Kids Are Sleeping In Arizona State Buildings

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact

Although it's been happening for years, the Arizona Department of Child Safety began keeping records of the homeless children sleeping in state-operat...

Number Of Homeless Kids In NYC Spikes 63 Percent In 5 Years: Report

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact

New York City neighborhoods known for their middle-class appeal may be tumbling down the socioeconomic ladder, and children are suffering the conseque...

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.

Healing the World, One Conversation at a Time

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 12.14.2014 | Los Angeles
Mark Goulston, M.D.

What do you say to a group of homeless 10-to-17-year-olds living with their single mothers at one of the largest homeless shelters in the country, in one of the most drug and crime infested parts of Los Angeles?