Youth Homelessness Isn’t What You Think

Most homeless teens aren’t literally out on the streets, which means they don’t qualify for federal aid.

RECENTLY, I MET SAMMI, a homeless teen who was kicked out of her house when her mother remarried and her new stepfather decided he didn’t want her around. Despite feeling the shame of abandonment, Sammi says she found the courage to tell a friend about her situation. She couch-surfed for the next year and was able to stay in school and graduate due to the support of friends and nonprofit agencies that provided her with food and clothing.

 

RECENTLY, I MET SAMMI, a homeless teen who was kicked out of her house when her mother remarried and her new stepfather decided he didn’t want her around. Despite feeling the shame of abandonment, Sammi says she found the courage to tell a friend about her situation. She couch-surfed for the next year and was able to stay in school and graduate due to the support of friends and nonprofit agencies that provided her with food and clothing.

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