Take Action to Help ‪#‎EndYouthHomelessness‬ this April 13th-19th

Take Action to Help ‪#‎EndYouthHomelessness‬ this April 13th-19th
Want to help support homeless youth in your community before the school year ends? Watch the PBS national broadcast premiere of The Homestretch on April 13th and join our week of action this April 13th-19th to help #EndYouthHomelessness. There is an estimated 1.6 million homeless youth living in the U.S. — many of whom depend on the structure of high school, services provided by local organizations, and the support of their community to survive. What happens to these young people when the school year ends or when local services are not available? These questions are challenging and urgent — but if we work together, we can help support young people in need across the country.

The Homestretch, a powerful documentary about youth homelessness, is premiering nationwide on PBS this April 13th on Independent Lens at 10/9c (check local listings). Watching the film is an important first step towards raising awareness, creating a dialogue, and inspiring community engagement around youth homelessness.

http://www.homestretchdoc.com/take-the-broadcast-pledge/

Over 500,000 young people experience homelessness every year

Over 500,000 young people experience homelessness every year throughout our nation. Despite that staggering figure, there are only 4,000 youth shelter beds across the country. This forces the majority of homeless youth to struggle for survival on the streets.

The National Campaign for Youth Shelter is a collaborative effort between the Ali Forney Center and the National Coalition for the Homeless to build a grassroots movement demanding a national commitment to house all the homeless youth in the country.

Join our campaign

Don’t Even Think About Having a Picnic in the Park, by Michael Stoops, Director of Community Organizing

We are facing a moral crisis. Cities pursuing higher tourism revenues and greater economic development have declared a war on their poor residents. Unfortunately, it is perceived that those who are living without homes effectively “taint” the scenic vistas and make visitors uncomfortable. More than ever, tourism hot-spots are targeting people who are homeless by passing laws that force them to the outskirts of town or into jails. Popular destinations often treat these individuals like riff-raff and criminals, arresting them for menial crimes in an effort to keep them from unconsciously photo-bombing a couple’s photo of their trip…http://nationalhomeless.org/picnic-park/