Did you know that there are approximately 816 young adults (18 – 24) experiencing homelessness in Greater New Haven? That’s a staggering number, especially when there are only twelve crisis beds in Greater New Haven that can accommodate. The numbers are frightening. There’s one bed for every 68 homeless youth in Greater New Haven.
Mason is currently working with Y2Y to help create more awareness to spur action and change. For more than two decades, Y2Y’s partner in New Haven, Youth Continuum, on Grand Avenue, has provided social services for young people, including counseling, help with finding a job and other social services and transitional housing. Currently, young people have nowhere to go after 5:00 p.m. when the door closes. They’re forced back out onto the streets.
The Alarming Problem
Y2Y New Haven’s mission is to create a student-run shelter for young adults experiencing homelessness. Founded in Harvard Square, Y2Y is the nation’s first youth residence of this kind. Together, Y2Y and Youth Continuum are working to establish a location in New Haven to meet the needs of these young adults experiencing homelessness and housing instability. This undertaking, beyond providing a physical residence, also seeks to improve resources and pathways provided to young adults to combat chronic homelessness.
You Can Help, Too
We all can give a little to make a big difference for homeless youth. Basic items can help make the lives of homeless youth a little better. These include:
- Non-perishable food items
- Frozen proteins
- Winter clothing – jackets, pants
- Sweaters and sweatshirts
- Socks and undergarments
During March and April, Mason will be collecting these items at our office. We ask that you do the same. If you cannot, consider an in-kind donation by giving here.
Want to learn more about Y2Y and the great work they do? Here is a story that recently aired on WTNH-TV.