All of us understand the importance of having supportive people, stable places and significant possibilities in our lives.
Most of us have had the experience of having one, maybe two of these life pillars shaken. But the foundation undergirding these pillars is inherently unstable for the more than 4 million youth experiencing homelessness each year.
The sudden and sustained closure of schools, libraries, recreation centers, drop-in centers and other places during the COVID-19 pandemic posed challenges for youth-serving outreach professionals trying to maintain connections, address their clients’ immediate needs and connect them with housing, counseling, health care, education and jobs.
Disruption can create opportunity. But were homeless youth services providers able to adjust to this level of service disruption?