1.6 million young people in America are homeless, living in shelters, unsupervised on the streets, in abandoned buildings, crashing with friends or with strangers.
Negative stereotypes are single largest obstacle faced by homeless youth and the service organizations working to support them. Build on the film's ability to generate empathy, connection and concern about youth homelessness and to transform emotion into action.
Help us bring The Homestretch into communities around the country. The campaign is working closely with national and local partners to bring the film into cities throughout the U.S. with high rates of youth homelessness.
Educate your own community (neighborhood associations, faith communities, places of work and schools). Contact us to host a public screening of The Homestretch and involve your local shelters, schools and service organizations.
Read about the powerful reach of the first two years of The Homestretch Impact Campaign in this extensive report:
Some QUICK Facts about Homeless Youth
Fact: The longer youth remain homeless, physical assault; rape; human trafficking; and serious mental health risks are greatly amplified. [National Coalition for the Homeless, January, 2014]
Fact: Youth age 12 to 17 are more at risk of homelessness than adults. [Department of Housing and Urban Development, January, 2014]
Fact: Up to 40% of homeless youth identify as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning (GLBTQ). [True Colors Fund’s Forty to None Project, 2012]
Fact: 46 percent of runaway and homeless youth reported being physically abused, 38 percent reported being emotionally abused, and 17 percent reported being forced into unwanted sexual activity by a family or household member. [National Coalition for the Homeless, January, 2014]
Fact: On any given night there are only 4,737 emergency and transitional living beds available in the United States. [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children Youth and Families, 2013]