For youth in need of a safe place to go, The Drop-In Center, The Circle, provides a stable, secure environment with access to basic needs like food, clothing, showers, computers, support groups and connections to housing, counseling, employment coaching, education and other community resources.
With your generous support, The Circle can continue offering youth a warm, hospitable welcome while empowering them to overcome the obstacles they face.
Youth shouldn't face challenges, the reality is, at least 4.2 million young people experience a form of homelessness in a year.
1 in 10 youth ages 18-25 faces homelessness in a year.
1 in 30 youth ages 13-17 faces homelessness in a year.
On a single night in 2020, 34,210 unaccompanied youth were counted as homeless.
That's only the youth that were visible to be counted.
50% OF HOMELESS YOUTH ARE UNSHELTERED- SLEEPING OUTSIDE, IN A CAR, OR SOME OTHER PLACE NOT MEANT FOR HUMAN HABITATION
Homeless youth are the nation’s invisible homeless population, undercounted for years, hiding out in cars and abandoned buildings, in motels and on couches- for a complex variety of reasons, the number of youth — teens and young adults — living on the street appears to be growing.
Unaccompanied homeless youth and young adults — those experiencing homelessness outside the immediate care of a parent or legal guardian — are particularly vulnerable to victimization, and face a high risk of trafficking, bullying, physical and sexual abuse, and other forms of predation, whether on the street, in shelters, or couch surfing.
Together, we can assist youth, and ensure that they are supported, and change the statistics, and risk factors.
No youth should face housing insecurities.