Homeless youth are under 21 years of age, unaccompanied or with their family. Unaccompanied youth may have:
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lost family support been thrown out of the home no wish to live at home
Often, youth in this situation have no one to depend on for emotional and financial support and must learn independent living skills to be suc- cessful on their own. Youth who are living from place to place with no permanent means of financial and emotional support, and no guardian to care for them, are considered homeless. There are programs to assist youth who are homeless find shelter, food, clothing, stay in school and other necessary services. These programs will attempt to have youth and their parent/guardian work together on their prob- lems. They can also assist youth in learning the necessary skills to live successfully on their own if the parents are unwilling or unable to care for them.
Homeless families with youth have no permanent home. They can ac- cess programs that can help them find shelter and other services.
Contact the School Homeless Liaison Officer Chapel House Homeless Shelter
(315) 255-2060 older)
(17 & younger, with family members or 18 and Cayuga Counseling Services
C.A.R.E.S. Runaway/Homeless Youth Services Cayuga Seneca Community Action Agency
Youth Intervention Services TASA (Take A Step Ahead) Cayuga Homeless H.O.P.E. National Runaway Switchboard Emergency Police Assistance
(315) 252-0038 (315) 252-0038 (315) 255-3447 (800) 621-4000 Call 9-1-1