Runaway And Homeless Youth Essay

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Homelessness is a real serious health issue all over the world that must be addressed. A lot of people in a public frequently misunderstand the cause of homelessness. Remarks regarding homeless people such as “they need to just get a job” or “go to school” are normally used liberally by members of society because they neglect to look at the complete issue. Homelessness does not discriminate. Individuals that have previously experience or may experience being homeless can be from different regions, have different cultural backgrounds, ages, and could be of any gender. Minorities seem to be mostly affected by homelessness. A study done in 2012 found that the homeless population is consisted of 39% non-Hispanic Whites, 42% African-Americans, 13% Hispanic, 4% Native-American, and 2% Asian (Now on PBS, 2012). The End Homelessness website provides the following statistics:
• There are 643,067 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the U.S.
• Out of that number, 238,110 are people in families, and 404, 957 are individuals.
• 12% (67,000) of the homeless are veterans, and
• 23 % of the homeless population in the United States is considered “chronically homeless”
• 39 % children under the age of 18
• 42 % of these children were under the age of five. (End homelessness organization. 2012).
A well-known program in New Orleans is The Covenant House. It is a well establish program that offer assistance to thousands of youth. Each day, scores of kids walk into Covenant Houses across the Americas for the first time. They get what they need immediately: a shower, a meal, clothes, a warm bed, and medical care if they require it – more than a third do. Then, Covenant House has expectations of the kids. Once they’re safe, clothed and fed, it's time for them to make a plan. The staff promises to help them, and the kids promise to help themselves – that’s the covenant (The Covenant House 2014). A total of 61,597 youth were served last year.
• On average, 1,721 youth were sheltered at Covenant House every night of the year in 2012.
• A total of 628,267 nights of shelter were provided.
• Residential and Community Service Center programs cared for 25,577 youth.
• Outreach served an additional 36,020 youth - nearly five thousand more than in 2011.
• NINELINE received 8,176 crisis calls.
• Acercatel (Mexico helpline) received 4,775 crisis calls.
Covenant House received a three-star charity rating from Charity Navigator, America's premier independent charity evaluator, indicating that Covenant House "exceeds or meets industry standards and performs as well as or better than most charities in its Cause." Covenant House also meets all 20 of the comprehensive and demanding standards of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance (The Covenant House 2014).

The prevention program I will be designing will strive to work as hard for the community like The Covenant House. “Home away from Home” is a homeless shelter for youths, children, and runaways...

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