As you may have noticed, I’ve sprinkled in a number of reports and research articles on homeless youth and runaways over the last several posts. These are to get you oriented to a major problem in this country.
The overall homeless problem is bad enough, with over 750,000 homeless out there on any night, rain or clear, hot or cold. Some of the homeless are overrepresented by some of our population. Homeless veterans, blacks, mentally ill, families, men – to give a few examples. Homeless youth fall into that category too.
We have runaway and throw away kids. We have kids in homeless families, street kids, foster children that have outgrown foster care and on their own, kids living in culverts, in doorways, abandoned cars, sleeping with friends, hiding in basements, coping with homeless family life, always going to school hungry and ill equipped.
It is a jungle out there. I’ve previously done a series on homeless heroes – our veterans sleeping in the streets and back alleys. Now it is time to highlight our homeless kids, our future legacy, growing up digging in dumpsters and selling their bodies for food, sometimes foraging alone and sometimes in groups, sometimes in gangs. As the weekends go by, I’ll slip in some Habitat for Humanity articles to keep our volunteers happy and perhaps a few other pet things.
Anyway, watch this space. If you are particularly interested in this series, set this link in your favorites: Homeless Youth
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