Nowhere to Go: Our Stories of Homelessness.
Journal Special Issue
Represent: The Voice of Youth in Care
, No. 112
In this issue of a magazine that shares the experiences of foster youth, the experiences of foster youth with homelessness are shared. Specific articles address: a court case in which foster youth in New York City sued the city over the number of youth aging out into homelessness; causes for homelessness in New York City; the experiences of one foster youth that slid into homelessness after applying for several types of public housing before she turned 21; the realities of the adult shelter system that allow little possibility of sleep; how the youth shelter system works; the experiences of one foster youth who is caught in a gap between the foster care system and the mental health system and becomes homeless at age 18; the impact of pregnancy on plans for college and law school; how leaving a shelter doubled a foster youth's GPA; the experiences of a foster youth who runs away to Hollywood and lives in a youth shelter; one homeless foster youth's journey to find a job and access Social Security payments for a disability; and the experiences of one foster youth in apply for and then choosing between low-income public housing and supportive housing for those with mental illness. The issue closes with a discussion guide.
foster adolescents; homeless adolescents; aging out; young adults; risk factors; mental disorders; mental health services; homeless shelters