Hidden in plain sight, the dangers of not counting youth homelessness; the dark side of celebration the Super Bowl & Sex…

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Hidden in plain sight:

Youth homelessness is often invisible. Most young people often conceal their circumstance putting in extra effort to blend with other teens. As a result, they are often overlooked in official homelessness counts. Drifting below radar and out of reach from services the result can be detrimental with too few resources to meet ever growing demands.

Reports from around the country this week indicate that this is changing. San Antonio TXGreater Attleboro/Taunton in MA , Seattle WA  and several other cities touted adding “unaccompanied minors” to their homelessness counts.

Understanding Youth Count! Initiative, a report by the Urban Institute, details strategies for counting unaccompanied homeless youth, identifies promising practices, and highlights lessons that can be drawn to develop better methods for counting unaccompanied homeless youth.

Dark side of celebration: The Super Bowl & Sex Trafficking:

With the volume of people that large sporting events attract, thousands of kids are at risk of being bought and sold– take a stand against sex trafficking now with the new Covenant House “not a game” campaign.

According Covenant House, 25% of homeless kids have been victims of trafficking or engaged in survival sex according to some reports.   At 18, Julie got involved in prostitution because she “couldn’t stand to be on the streets anymore” (Read Julie’s story).

 

Preparing for the next cold snap:

As a second bout of arctic temperatures sweeps through the country shelters in WashingtonMassachusetts, and Vermont make preparations to protect the most vulnerable.