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November 1, 2014
November is National Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness Month, a national campaign to increase awareness of the challenges homeless youth face and educating the public about how they can help in providing support.
According to The National Center on Family Homelessness, each year in the United States there are more than a million young people who experience homelessness. In Colorado, there are more than 23,000 children and youth experiencing homelessness. Out of that number, over 1,900 are young people, known as unaccompanied homeless youth (UHY) who are facing the challenges of homelessness while living without the support of a parent or guardian.
In the 2013-2014 school year, Poudre School District identified and supported over 1,100 students of which nearly 200 were UHY. It is likely the numbers are much higher due to the reluctance of those students admitting to precarious living situations.
What you need to know:
Poudre School District's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance program is offering different ways you can support PSD students. For more information, contact Whitney Reid at 970-490-3242.
If you or someone you know is struggling with homelessness, dial2-1-1or 970-407-7066for information on available resources. If you would like to help families in need, consider volunteering or making a gift to help meet basic needs in Larimer County.
Copyright 2015 United Way of Larimer County