Homelessness, Supportive Housing

We’re Going to Talk About Invisible Kids – and Then We’re Going to Act

 

Stacey Violante Cote ia an attorney for the Center for Children’s Advocacy and chair of the Reaching Home Youth Workgroup.

So we're going to talk about it this week --  kids who are invisible to most of us. It's a first in Connecticut -- a statewide policy forum on youth and homelessness.  If you don't know who I'm talking about when I say "youth who are homeless in Connecticut," I can understand that.  These kids and young adults are not hanging out on most streets.  They are kids who are roaming between staying on couches, in motels and even in stairwells of apartment buildings.

I can understand that you may not know who they are today, but not so after Thursday.  On Thursday, the Partnership and the Center for Children’s Advocacy is holding a statewide forum with national experts, young people, and state agency partners on major findings from Connecticut’s first Homeless Youth Study.

If you're listening on Thursday, or in the months to come as we address critical policy and practice changes, you will recognize who we're talking about.  Many of you will have that "light bulb moment" where you say, "I know kids like that."   

So here’s what I ask of you: Come to the forum on Thursday, begin to look at the kids with whom you come into contact, and join us in the policy discussion and advocacy to address the critical shortage of crisis services for kids and youth experiencing homelessness, their invisibility to state systems, and their need for stable housing and schooling.

Come Thursday and listen.  Leave Thursday and join us in action.

“Invisible No More: A Forum on Youth and Homelessness in Connecticut” begins at 8:30 a.m. Thursday with registration at Hartford’s Legislative Office Building, Room 2E. The forum ends at 12:30 p.m.

Stacey Violante Cote ia an attorney for the Center for Children’s Advocacy and chair of the Reaching Home Youth Workgroup.

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