Donate emergency supplies for homeless students.

Help The Homestretch subjects reach their goals.

Many of you who have seen The Homestretch were so moved that you asked the filmmakers how you might be able to support these three remarkable youth directly. This RALLY has been set up so that there is a distinct place to give towards helping Anthony, Kasey and Roque take the next steps in building their own, independent futures.

Governor Rauner's Proposed Budget would slash services for Chicago's homeless youth by more than half. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's State Budget Plan would hurt homeless youth and families.  The proposed plan includes $3.1 million in cuts for funding to homeless youth shelters (a 55% decrease).  Chicago's Teen Living Programs and The Night Ministry (who operate The Crib) alone would face over $300,000 in direct cuts.  Rauner's proposed budget also includes massive cuts to medicaid and a premature end to guardianship services for those who are state wards, placing further burden on already strapped homeless youth services. These cuts are unacceptable. Click on the above link to tell Legislators, "No!"  We need to support our homeless youth so we can all have a better future.

Urge your U.S. Senators and Representatives to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHYA) by passing the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (S. 262).  

In every American community, youth are kicked out or run away from home, exit the juvenile justice system with nowhere to go, become orphans, and/or exit the child welfare system with no supports to enable successful transitions to adulthood. The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA) authorizes grant programs that provide critical services to homeless and runaway youth which prevents, identifies and serves homelessness and human trafficked youth in America. Learn more about this legislation here.

The Homeless Children and Youth Act (S. 256, H.R. 576) is bipartisan legislation would make it easier for homeless children and youth to get help – no matter where they happen to live. 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD’s) current definition of homelessness excludes most children and youth who are actually homeless:  those staying in motels, or temporarily with others because they have nowhere else to go. The HYCA would amend HUD’s definition of homelessness to include children and youth who are verified as homeless through other federal programs, such as Runaway and Homeless Youth Act programs, Violence Against Women programs, and public school district homeless liaisons. Tell your representatives to sign on as a co-sponsor of the HCYA today to help over one million homeless children and youth lead safer, healthier lives and have a better chance for a brighter future.


Support our partner The Night Ministry, a national leader in providing housing and conducting outreach to Chicago's homeless youth.


Support our partner Teen Living Programs, an organization that provides outreach, prevention and supportive services to homeless youth in Chicago.