Youth Homelessness Program
Goals of Youth Homelessness Reduction
Youth and adolescent are also highly represented among the homeless, some studies estimating that 4.2 million are youth and adolescent homeless around the world. Youth and adolescent homelessness is on the rise, both in Spain and Egypt , as “any student who lacks a regular, fixed, night time residence.” This includes couch surfing, living in weekly rate motels, doubled‐up, shelters, parks, camping, on the streets or living in substandard blight conditions. A variety of factors contribute to the unstable housing situations of these children. Schools and service providers around the region are seeing more “first‐time homelessness” in youth and families.
Street youth and adolescent frequently face a vicious cycle of challenges. They feel despondent and hopeless, and can sometimes self‐medicate with drugs or alcohol. This leads to unfavourable interactions with law enforcement, which causes difficulty for them in school success, finding housing, and employment, thus leading to further lack of confidence and self-worth. Living on the streets creates a host of additional problems for teens in this area, including a higher risk of sexual abuse and sexually transmitted diseases, mental health issues, decreased access to health care and unhealthy relationships.
Homelessness reduction is a primary objective of the world that has been advocated in the Millennium Development Goals. The term “homelessness reduction” means not simply increasing income levels but rather creating conditions in which all humans lead healthy and creative lives with sufficient food, shelter, clothing, and they, being guaranteed freedom, dignity, self-esteem, and free from unfair treatment by the government and the community, get to participate in the society. It has been internationally agreed that homelessness is a multidimensional issue and homelessness reduction requires a comprehensive approach to improve the political, socio-cultural, economic, human and protective capabilities of the poor.
Youth and adolescents Homelessness plagues countries especially with the pandemic we are still facing the youth homelessness percentage is over the top. It is estimated that there are 650 people living in the streets in the city at any given time, with about 300 or so living in overcrowded homeless shelters. This project focuses on youth and adolescents who currently reside in homeless shelters. Traumatic stress from experiences that forced a young person into homelessness makes coping with the challenges of daily survival on the streets, and the ultimate goal of overcoming homelessness, very difficult. Surviving proves even more challenging when the shelters children depend on for daily, basic necessities cannot provide for their needs. The goal of Hands of Hope is to aid underperforming homeless shelters so they can provide them with basic living necessities, and to teach youth homeless the valuable tool of personal resilience through arts-based trauma-informed programming.
WeAre1 will collaborate with one of Underperforming homeless shelters in Spain and Egypt, that fail to provide adequate basic living necessities such as clothing, food, and shelter, further weaken the youth’s ability to be resilient and thrive despite their homelessness. A Hunger and Homelessness Survey in Europe presented results that indicated that 76% of emergency shelters had to turn away homeless families with children because they could not supply enough beds because of the pandemic we are still facing. Additionally, shelters in 61% of the surveyed cities had to turn away unaccompanied individuals. This program also seeks to provide resources to underperforming shelters.
Long term impacts:
1.Youth will have increased sense of personal resiliency.
2.Youth will have adequate clothing, food, shelter, and medical attention while staying at the shelter.
3.We will provide more beds to make take as much as we could off the streets.
4.Shelters will have the resources to meet all of the immediate basic needs of the homeless youth they serve.
5. They will have the chance to find jobs to be able to get out of homelessness.
1.Youth will learn and be able to identify protective factors.
2.They will have adequate basic needs met for clothing, food and shelter.
3.Shelter will receive financial aid and resources to providing clothing, food and shelter.
4.Classes designed for at risk youth that include activities to increase personal resilience.
5.Secure funding in order to augment the financial resources available to shelters.
6.Meet specific needs of underperforming shelters to build their capacity to serve homeless youth.
7.They will have the benefit of the employment programs to help them find the proper job to have the sustainable life they deserve.
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