Are You Housing A Homeless Youth? Community Resources, Guidance & Support Available In Many Cities

You may not know this by just walking the streets, but a surprising number of high school students in South Bend are homeless.    http://www.wndu.com/content/news/South-Bend-has-a-homeless-youth-problem-444495203.html    The number comes out to about 400 , according to the Youth Service Bureau.  That's based on an informal survey they did, but that's still a lot of kids to find without a home.  But it may not be the way you'd normally picture homelessness.   It's essentially serial couch surfing.   Their parents aren't supporting them financially or aren't around, so they find family or friends who let them stay over.  Eventually they move on to another friend or family and it snowballs. This can all eventually lead to some trauma.   "Their efforts, their skills are now focused on where they're going to spend the night tonight or next week,"  Youth Service Bureau Supervisor Brady August said.  "Where they're going to eat, instead of a normal young person, whose focus is on school, or tests, or grades."   The people housing these kids may think they're doing the right thing, but without the proper guidance and resources...  "Their intentions are awesome," August said. "They're very good, but in the long run, they're not going to be able to help that young person become self-sufficient. Getting in touch with professionals who can would be the way to go with that."   If you're housing a homeless student or know someone who is a homeless youth , it's recommended you give them a nudge toward the Youth Service Bureau. You can contact them at (574) 235-9396 or on their website at  ysbsjc.org

You may not know this by just walking the streets, but a surprising number of high school students in South Bend are homeless.

http://www.wndu.com/content/news/South-Bend-has-a-homeless-youth-problem-444495203.html

The number comes out to about 400, according to the Youth Service Bureau.

That's based on an informal survey they did, but that's still a lot of kids to find without a home.

But it may not be the way you'd normally picture homelessness.

It's essentially serial couch surfing.

Their parents aren't supporting them financially or aren't around, so they find family or friends who let them stay over.

Eventually they move on to another friend or family and it snowballs. This can all eventually lead to some trauma.

"Their efforts, their skills are now focused on where they're going to spend the night tonight or next week," Youth Service Bureau Supervisor Brady August said. "Where they're going to eat, instead of a normal young person, whose focus is on school, or tests, or grades."

The people housing these kids may think they're doing the right thing, but without the proper guidance and resources...

"Their intentions are awesome," August said. "They're very good, but in the long run, they're not going to be able to help that young person become self-sufficient. Getting in touch with professionals who can would be the way to go with that."

If you're housing a homeless student or know someone who is a homeless youth, it's recommended you give them a nudge toward the Youth Service Bureau. You can contact them at (574) 235-9396 or on their website at ysbsjc.org