Especially now, given the burgeoning Covid-induced need to address unsheltered homelessness, upstream prevention efforts can get put on the back burner. A case in point is the Strategy 4H Action Step from “Heading Home Together: Minnesota’s 2018-2020 Action Plan Action to Prevent and End Homelessness": Ensure that state homeless funds that target youth can be used to support informal … Continue reading Crisis Creates Opportunity: Our Proposal for American Rescue Plan Dollars
Economic hardship and family conflict caused by Covid-19 is driving many more young people into homelessness. Prior to the pandemic, an astonishing one in 10 young adults would face homelessness over the course of a year. That number is destined to swell, further taxing a youth homelessness response that, pre-pandemic, was only able to shelter … Continue reading Covid-19 update: How to address expected surge in youth homelessness? Research uncovers overlooked resource
Covid-19 is bringing home, in a very dramatic way, the fact that we’re all interconnected. We’re getting it that we can’t live in isolation from one another. Images of people waving through windows to loved ones they can’t visit in person is heartbreaking. The loneliness is palpable…. We can understand now in a visceral way that … Continue reading Heeding the call: Youth facing homelessness need love and connection now more than ever
It’s a given that “shelter-in-place” stirs the cauldron of family conflict, which is the leading cause of youth homelessness. Mix in financial stress and relationships will be strained even further…meaning there’s no question Covid-19 will drive many more youth into homelessness. Social services will be even more overwhelmed: Pre-pandemic, existing funding streams only provided … Continue reading April 2020 Director’s Report: Our daunting new reality…
Think beyond remedying mere “houselessness” to making sure that young people have the love and caring connections that are really what make a house a home.