This time of year, complaints about the weather are all too common. For most people, minor inconveniences like a runny nose or wet shoes are as bad as…

This time of year, complaints about the weather are all too common. For most people, minor inconveniences like a runny nose or wet shoes are as bad as it gets. However, these concerns pale in comparison to the issues that plague homeless youth during the winter season. In a terrific Switched-On article, Ally talks about some of the tragic consequences that the weather has for youth without places to stay. Even when youth find a shelter or somewhere they can sleep, these solutions are temporary, and long-term fixes are hard to find. The National Runaway Switchboard does its best to find help for any youth who are looking for a place to stay, but sometimes the lack of quality resources limits how much NRS can offer. Helping homeless youth is always important, but during the winter, when those on the street are more susceptible to dangerous weather, it’s crucial. In addition to raising awareness about the services NRS provides, advocating for increased services from shelters and transitional living programs is vital to serving a population that is all too often forgotten about.

– Will