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Philly keeps undercounting youth experiencing homelessness
By Billy Penn, May 23, 2022|
Stoneleigh Fellow Steve Volk wrote for Billy Penn about the young people who may not show up in Philadelphia’s counts of those who experience homelessness in the city.
When Freddie had no home to go to, he avoided as many eyes as he could. He found abandoned buildings where he could squirrel himself out of sight and rest on the hard floors.
At one point, Freddie said, “I slept in the basement of an apartment building every night.”
He’d been in a housing program designed for youths 18 and older transitioning out of foster care. But he said its rules didn’t allow him to make any real progress.