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City Council highlights youth and young adult homelessness awareness

An estimated 1 in 10 young people (ages 18-25) experience some form of homelessness every year.

Based on the 2018 Massachusetts Youth Count, 74% of these young adults identify as BIPOC and 35% as LGBTQ+. A 2019 study found that homeless youth are 87% more likely to drop out of school than their non-homeless peers.

This week, the City Council adopted a resolution recognizing November 2021 as Youth and Young Adult Homelessness Awareness Month. The resolution offered by Councilor Essaibi-George states that the Council supports the efforts of businesses, organizations, educators, and volunteers dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless children and youth such as, but not limited to BAGLY, Boston CASA, the Boston Public Schools Homeless Education Resource Network and Re-Engagement Center, Breaktime, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Home for Little Wanderers, More Than Words, Roca, and Y2Y.

The Council encourages these businesses, organizations, educators, and volunteers to continue to intensify their efforts to address homelessness among children and youth during November 2021.

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