Each November, we recognize National Youth Homelessness Awareness Month. Since 2007, communities across the country have dedicated their efforts throughout this month to shed light on the millions of youth who experience homelessness every year.
This November, we’re launching a month-long campaign to break the stigmas and eliminate the misconceptions typically associated with homelessness. That means shining a light on the homelessness that’s often hiding in plain sight, and amplifying the voices of youth experiencing homelessness, so they can dictate how they would like to be defined.
Help us raise awareness around housing insecurity for young adults in our communities by joining our NYHAM campaign and spreading our message on social media.
Help support the Breaktime Community Fund (BCF) – a transformative initiative that will ensure one small setback doesn’t derail our Associates’ paths to stable employment and housing.
Help us raise the level of compassion for young adults experiencing housing insecurity by amplifying youth voices and reaffirming that homelessness is not an identity.
Did you know that majority of homelessness hides in plain sight? A lot of what we think of as homelessness is seeing someone on the street who might be asking for your support but that’s just a small fraction of the overall issue, particularly for young adults. Most of homelessness for young people ages 18-24 is temporarily living with friends or family with no guarantee that they’ll be able to stay long-term and no immediate path to secure housing.
Our partners at Winter Walk said it best: “homelessness is a state of being, not an identity." Unfortunately, when people think of homelessness, negative stigmas and stereotypes persist that harm young adults experiencing housing insecurity. These misconceptions lead to implicit biases that heighten barriers these young adults face during the housing and hiring processes. Thus, young adults remain disconnected from systems of support, and the cycle of young adult homelessness continues.
Below are key dates throughout the month of November associated with the National Youth Homelessness Awareness Month campaign. We encourage you to mark your calendars and consider leveraging these dates to amplify our awareness-building efforts during November.