A home is often said to be where you feel most welcome, where you have shelter. For many youth, “home” may be a broken, threatening one due to…

A home is often said to be where you feel most welcome, where you have shelter. For many youth, “home” may be a broken, threatening one due to conflicts with parents/guardians or may not even exist to begin with because of financial strife. In a recent article by Vivian in the Switched-On magazine, the issue of youth homelessness is explored. It definitely may seem unimaginable to some people who have had a stable shelter for most of their lives to hear about cases of youth homelessness, especially when the general perception of the homeless is that of old, “crazy” men. Oftentimes, youth who have fallen into homelessness are invisible, which is to say that we often can’t identify who they are just by peering around, though some are forced to beg on the street. The National Runaway Switchboard helps to connect homeless youth to resources that will help them find shelter and may be able to connect them to longer-term solutions (eg finding a job) to their homelessness. – Allyson

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