It is unacceptable for any teen or young adult not to have a safe place to sleep tonight.
Brady, YSB’s Street Outreach Supervisor was contacted recently by a woman who was concerned about two teenage girls she and a co-worker saw changing their clothes in a parking lot.
This woman approached the young ladies and asked if they would be open to accepting some help. The girls agreed, and accepted water, school supplies and some clothing. Later, the girls agreed to meet with the woman and Brady after school.
Brady sat with the girls for about half an hour – telling them about YSB and specifically about Safe Station. The girls shared with Brady that they were homeless. How this came to be is not yet known, but they agreed to let Brady take them to the Safe Station.
These two girls are currently attending a local area high school. They had not disclosed to their teachers, or school staff about their situation.
One of the girls was living with her father, they have been fighting and she was kicked out, despite the fact that she’s a minor. The other girl's parent mother passed away a few years ago. She had been living with her father, but he kicked her out when she turned 18 said she should provide for herself.
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according to a WNDU article, the South Bend Community School corporation reported 301 homeless students for the 2017-18 school year.
This number is only from the SBCSC, and does not account for students who have dropped out, students in other cities in the county or students who are embarrassed and have not disclosed they are homeless.
According to a study done by Chapin Hall in partnership with the Voices of Youth Count, "Education was strongly related to risk of homelessness. In fact, of all of the indicators assessed, the lack of a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) was the most strongly correlated with higher risk. These young adults had 4.5 times the risk of experiencing homelessness compared to peers who completed high school."