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A Coalition Led By Philly’s Homeless Youth Wants to Change How Cities Help The Unhoused

By The Appeal, | March 22, 2022

Former Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellow Ras Stanford wrote an article for The Appeal about the Philly Homes 4 Youth Coalition and its work to address youth homelessness.

Every Thursday morning, the Philly Homes 4 Youth (PH4Y) Coalition hosts a weekly virtual workspace for its members. The coalition of young advocates, youth workers, and non-profit administrators have been strategizing together since at least 2016 to improve care for young people experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. But lately, the group’s meetings have taken on a more urgent tone: Tens of millions in federal COVID-19 relief funding is currently up for grabs in Philadelphia, and the coalition wants to ensure at least 20 percent of the money goes to youth services.

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