Hope for Homeless Teens in Middlesex County
November 10, 2017
… there is a little-known crisis among young adults who, for many reasons are living on the street, sporadically in shelters or couch surfing. That includes Middletown, said Ann Faust, executive director of the Coalition on Housing and Homelessness in Middletown.
“Kids 17 and under represent most of the homeless population, and that’s just unacceptable in our society,” Faust said. Although many homeless people from ages 17 to 23 are considered adults by society, they are far from prepared to be resourceful or even live on their own, Faust said.
“The Center for Children’s Advocacy uses federal law to help keep school consistent when all else in a youth’s life is unstable. Children and youth in homeless situations have the right to go to school, no matter where they live,” said Stacey Violante Cote, director of the Center’s Teen Legal Advocacy work. Another challenge for kids who are under 18 and homeless is access to their birth certificates, something we can also help with.”