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“I’m 17 and homeless.”

Imagine That You Are In High School and Homeless - 17 and Homeless

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The only thing that is constant in life is change. A lot of times in life, we have no control over the changes that occur in life. Can you imagine being 17 and homeless, just starting your senior year in high school?

Everything in life has been going well. You have pretty much mapped out your future. You have picked your date and what you will wear to prom. You know what college you will attend. You even know your major and what career path you will take. But what if your life started to change within a matter of two months?

What if your parent, who is the provider for the household, loses their job? This one event then creates a domino effect leading to pile up bills and eventually eviction.

So now you’re 17, a senior in high school, and homeless.

The type of resources available depends on a number of factors, including the number of family members, ages and genders, and your city and state. For instance, if you’re a 17-year-old male living in a single household with your mother, you may have to go to separate shelters if there are no family shelters in the area.

If you have to move to another area in your city for shelter resources, you can continue to attend the same school.

The McKinney-Vento Act ensures homeless children the ability to attend the same school by providing transportation to and from school.

Resources for Homeless Youth to Continue Their Education Despite Homelessness

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It is always best to call around to get as much information on assistance since no two situations are the same.

You can also reach out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline for assistance in finding shelter and resources in your community. You can reach us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or send us an email at info@1800RUNAWAY.org.

– Dyanne

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  • Brianna skipper

    I need money and clothes

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Hi Brianna

    Thank you for sharing your situation with us. It sounds like you’re needing basic items to help you survive.

    Because we respect anonymity/confidentiality, we ask that you reach out to us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929), or online at our bulletin boards, email, and live chat. The online resources can be found here on the website (upper right hand corner of the screen).