About 50,000 youth in the U.S. sleep on the street for six months or more … That’s the opening comment on The National Alliance to End Homelessness website section relating to youth homelessness.
It’s a staggering number – a number I struggling to wrap my head around. When I think of homelessness, I tend to associate it with adults. Even though I spent three weeks in East Los Angeles in the spring of 1993 and was made aware of the issue of kids living on the street – I associated that situation (somewhat naïvely) to the gang issue and not to homelessness.
Just recently, I had an opportunity to see an exhibit called Homeless Is My Address, Not My Name. The exhibit displayed photographs of homeless people and I was caught of guard by how many young people I saw in these images.
As result, I reached out to a few people in my network (thank you Trina!) and got connect to Stacy Pederson, Catholic Charities’ Supported Housing for Youth (SHY) program. Stacy was kind enough to join me for a conversation on youth homelessness.
You can learn more about the SHY Program by visiting Catholic Charities – Supported Housing for Youth’s webpage. For additional information on homelessness and specific information related to youth homelessness in our country, please visit the National Alliance to End Homelessness’ website.
You can also follow the SHY program on Facebook by visiting this link!
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