Cynthia, Invisible People:
Cynthia is a 19-year-old student with a job focused on graduation and her future, but what she doesn’t have is a home. Cynthia has been couch surfing for three years, and is not recognized as homeless by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She spoke to Congress in January about her experiences, and advocated for the Homeless Children and Youth Act.
Help for Homeless Kids:
Michael was homeless in his youth, but the shelter he lived in closed. So he started an organization to help the homeless children and youth who now live on couches or motels, as many as nine people to a room. Because of current regulations, not all of the students in Michael’s district can get help from the government.
Sports Illustrated Video:
In October 2014, Sports Illustrated published an in-depth look at homeless student athletes. SI also created this compelling video, which shows the reality of youth homelessness, including the high risk of abuse when youth have no choice but to stay with others people.
Denver Post Video:
In August 2014, The Denver Post published a comprehensive report on homeless children in the Denver area. The newspaper created a video profiling families staying in motel rooms. Despite high mobility and deplorable conditions, these children are not considered homeless by the nation’s housing agency, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). If an agency were to pay for their motel rooms, they would eligible for HUD services. But the fact that parents use meager disability checks to pay for the motel room rendersthem ineligible for shelter, transitional housing, or permanent supportive housing. The harm to children’s health and development is profound and far-reaching.
Hear directly from youth! Watch this compelling video produced by the Alliance for Excellent Education in 2012, when the Homeless Children and Youth Act was introduced for the first time in the U.S. House of Representatives.
HuffPost Live: Shaher Hyatt, an activist from the California Homeless Youth Project, recalls her homeless youth living “in between houses,” and the federal challenges facing homeless children and youth.