Fill a Heart 4 Kids (FAH4K) is a 501(c)(3) organization that gives local unaccompanied homeless youth
and foster children opportunities, tools and positive experiences to help them heal and restore their dignity 4 Brighter Futures.
Among unaccompanied homeless youth
, students who are enrolled in the states colleges and universities represent a population of unique interest and growing concern.
Nine unaccompanied homeless youth
under the age of 18.
The group is opening a thrift store; the JH Boutique & Thrift will help to raise the funds necessary to open the Joshua Home Drop-in Center for any unaccompanied homeless youth
in the Inland Empire.
All students who indicate on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that they are homeless will automatically have the option to select they have already received an unaccompanied homeless youth
determination, which means they will be considered "independent" for purposes of financial aid eligibility and will not need to furnish any of their parents' financial information.
(5) Patricia Julianelle, Using What We Know: Supporting the Education of Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
, 7 Seattle J.
The law also maintains the quasi-governmental Special Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
, first established through the state's fiscal year 2013 budget.
(Nationwide, there are only 4,000 beds for unaccompanied homeless youth
who don't live with their families.) Too much money, they say, is spent criminalizing homelessness with laws that ban sleeping in public spaces and even in cars, instead of investing in affordable housing.
it threatens the ability of unaccompanied homeless youth
to seek higher
Unaccompanied homeless youth
appear to be one of the fastest growing and most vulnerable segments of the larger homeless population, but flawed information-gathering by government entities makes it impossible to be sure.
Julie Dworkin, director of policy for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, believes the increase is due to improved training on identifying homelessness and the different school year calendar--not an actual spike in the number of unaccompanied homeless youth
For example, Children's Supplemental Security Income can be an important benefit for homeless families with children with disabilities or for unaccompanied homeless youth
. Yet many people are unaware of the program.