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Youth Homelessness

Senate: Please Pass These Anti-Trafficking Laws

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

At Covenant House, the hemisphere's largest movement of programs and shelter services for homeless and trafficked young people, we see far too many kids who have been forced into prostitution.

Two Cities, Two Students: One Future?

Ralph da Costa Nunez | Posted 07.08.2014 | New York
Ralph da Costa Nunez

Of New York's 1.1 million public school students, one in 12 are homeless. Many live doubled up with extended family or are temporarily housed in hotels or motels. But more than 23,000 live in family shelters on any given day.

Helping Homeless LGBT Youth Find The Road To Home

Carl Siciliano | Posted 06.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

They tell me of being forced to sell their bodies, of being beaten and raped. They tell me of being cold and terrified, of feeling unloved and driven to the brink of suicide.

Teen Goes From Sleeping In Car To High School Graduate, Thanks To 1st Of Its Kind Program In L.A.

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.19.2014 | Impact

Nora Perez wants to become an FBI agent someday. Although that may be an ambitious goal for any recent high school graduate to have, it's even more so...

Here's An Incredible Way To Support LGBT Homeless Youth

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 06.01.2014 | Gay Voices

A rally is scheduled to take place on Monday in New York City and will also serve as the launching of a new campaign to fight homelessness among young...

The Inevitable Events in Homelessness

Carey Fuller | Posted 07.23.2014 | Impact
Carey Fuller

The next time you think you know why a homeless person is homeless or how the homeless live, think again. Unless you're out here living the life, you really have no idea what you're talking about.

'Stunning' Data Proves, Yet Again, Housing The Homeless Would Actually Save Taxpayers Big Time

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.23.2014 | Impact

Letting homeless people sleep on the streets has never made sense morally. Now, more evidence has surfaced showing it doesn't make much sense financia...

'Survival Sex Is How I Find A Place To Sleep': Mannequins Send Dire Message On Homeless Youth

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.02.2014 | Impact

Haunting, faceless mannequins are swarming Cleveland this month. They're dressed in hooded sweatshirts, loose pants and weathered sneakers, and -- fr...

Interview with Jama Shelton: Ending Gay and Transgender Youth Homelessness

Mark Horvath | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Mark Horvath

Many of you know me as a follower of Jesus, and those of you that have been paying attention, also know me as a "straight ally." To me, I actually believe both of those descriptions of me are connected.

Heartbreaking Murals Tell True Stories Of Homeless Youth

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.28.2014 | Arts

Painted on the wall of an East London building is the striking portrait of a man and his dog, splashed with color and abstracted to reveal the skeleto...

Gay Former Marine's Struggle Inspires Film About LGBT Youth Homelessness

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact

Elegance Bratton found himself on a train to New York City at 16 years old with a plastic bag filled with his belongings and nowhere else to go. He le...

Music for Social Change: Fancy Reagan's 'Say Something' Helps LGBTQ Teens

Brian Normoyle | Posted 04.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Brian Normoyle

LGBTQ teen homelessness is an often-overlooked aspect of the national struggle for equality. Of the nearly 2 million teens affected by homelessness each year, an estimated 40 percent of them identify as LGBTQ.

Snowstorms Leave Human Trafficking Victims out in the Cold

Mary David | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Mary David

Imagine she retreats to a shelter where aggressive, belligerent, or intoxicated people accost her, make snide comments about her child, and multiply the fears that first led her to the shelter. Should she stay? Would you?

Homelessness at the Holidays Hits Hard for Kids in Foster Care

Gary Stangler | Posted 02.20.2014 | Impact
Gary Stangler

Last month I recalled the story of Antwone Fisher, who was informed upon aging out of foster care at 18 years old that he was on his own. He was directed to a nearby homeless shelter, and left to figure out the rest himself. That continues to happen every day across the United States.

Homeless for the Holidays: Ending a Nation's Cruel Indifference to Homeless Youth (PHOTOS)

Carl Siciliano | Posted 02.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

I have been talking with homeless kids from all over the country, asking them to help us understand what it means to be left on the streets, asking them to give witness to what they endure. I ask you to look into their traumatized eyes and listen with me to their heartbreaking testimonies.

A Better Ending for the "Invisible Child"

Judith Sandalow | Posted 02.19.2014 | DC
Judith Sandalow

If there's one news article I would put on your must-read list from 2013, it's last week's exceptional New York Times series on Dasani, a homeless gir...

How a New Backpack Changed the Life of a Homeless Teen

School on Wheels of Massachusetts | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
School on Wheels of Massachusetts

Cheryl Opper --Founder and Executive Director, School on Wheels of Massachusetts It was August 2006 and I was delivering backpacks and school suppl...

My Experience Sleeping on the Streets of New York

Geraldine Laybourne | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Geraldine Laybourne

Three years ago Strauss Zelnick asked me if I would participate in a Covenant House event and sleep out on the streets of NYC in solidarity with homeless youth. I asked no questions. I said YES.

D.C. Must Plan a Way to Serve Minor Children on Freezing Nights

Patty Mullahy Fugere | Posted 12.16.2013 | DC
Patty Mullahy Fugere

From February to May of 2013, one local youth service provider turned away at least 150 unaccompanied minor children due to lack of emergency shelter space, many of whom also had children of their own.

@home's Latest Webisode: Youth Homelessness in Chicago

Mark Horvath | Posted 12.11.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

More than 1.35 million children are expected to experience homelessness in the United States in a given year, representing 39% of America's homeless p...

State Passes Law Protecting Homeless Teens From Law Enforcement

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

California officials are no longer required to report homeless teens to law enforcement thanks to a bill that was signed into law on Wednesday. Th...

Homeless Youth: Our Future Leadership Unless...

Bobbie Ibarra | Posted 09.27.2013 | Impact
Bobbie Ibarra

These youth want to remain invisible. They fear being stigmatized or bullied; they also fear that they will be taken into custody. Additionally, their psychological development is at the stage where they genuinely believe that they are able to take care of themselves, somehow, someway.

Check out the House That FreeFest Built

Mark Horvath | Posted 11.21.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

I am so excited about being able to share this story. Not only have I been wanting to visit the House that FreeFest built ever since I heard about it,...

Social and Economic Crises Increase Youth Homelessness

Mark Horvath | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

It's pretty much common sense that a bad economy will influence youth homelessness both in the present and in the future, but I never thought about th...

La Casa Norte: a Champion of Change Fighting Youth Homelessness

Mark Horvath | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Mark Horvath

Last year while visiting Chicago I met a young man who was 19 years-old at the time. Jermire had been homeless since the age of 13, but thanks to the ...