The needs of runaway and homeless youth continue to be an issue across the country and right here in our community. As the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) works to meet President Obama’s “Opening Doors” mandate to end youth homelessness by 2020, HUD released some youth specific documents in the past month.
These documents include "Children and Youth and HUD’s Homeless Definition." In this document, readers can find outlines and summaries of the four categories of HUD Homelessness assistance program eligibility. A letter regarding HUD's work with youth homelessness has also been issued.
HUD also recently released their 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report. According to the National Network for Youth and others, this report includes "misleading data" - you can read a press release from national organizations here.
The National Network for Youth is offering organizations and advocates an opportunity to bring their comments to HUD. You can answer these brief questions to let them know what questions and concerns you may have about these documents by November 14, 2014.
If you are a runaway or homeless youth or know of youth who need assistance, there are programs that can help. PathWays PA runs a Basic Center for teen girls in West Philadelphia with room for five residential clients and an after-school drop-in center. The teen lounge will be available for girls ages 13-17 in Philadelphia on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Teen girls can get homework help, a snack, sign up for support and life skills groups or just hang out. To learn more about the Basic Center Program, please contact the Basic Center at 215-397-4287.
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