November is National Homeless & Runaway Youth Awareness Month, and while many of us see the changing aspens as a sign of “football season” and “sweater weather”, another reality is that this time of year is a sign of potential struggles for those that don’t have a safe place to sleep at night.
Every Autumn, we see an increase in youth and young adults in our drop-in and shelter programs. In fact, this year, we have seen a significant increase in the number of young people coming into our programs in the past month. Our shelter is currently on a wait list of more than 10 people.
Coloradans will joke about how summer seems to turn into winter in the blink of an eye, but for those that are unstably housed, a short transition to colder weather can be a real emergency.
Our street outreach teams are working hard to build the trust and relationships that will help connect people to the services they need as the season changes. In our shelter and drop-in center we continue to do all that we can to help youth and young adults find stable housing.