"COVID-19 has reached our shelters, and despite all of the odds we are facing,
Funds raised from Sleep Out America go directly to food, clothing, shelter, healthcare, education, job training, and short and long-term housing for homeless youth.
People facing homelessness are more susceptible to the coronavirus and are also likely to get much sicker or die than people who are stably housed. Some estimates suggest transmission rates in households are above 80%, making youth living in congregant homeless shelters particularly at risk.
Youth facing homelessness are at greater risk because they are still developing physically, cognitively, psychologically, and emotionally, and often lack health insurance, resulting in health problems going unchecked, medication being beyond their reach, and even minor untreated infections morphing into a major health emergency.
The digital Sleep Out America event, which will begin online at
To join the national, digital Sleep Out America on
To date, Sleep Out America has raised more than
More than 3.5 million young adults ages 18 to 25 and 700,000 adolescent minors ages 13 to 17 experience a form of homelessness in the course of a year. Youth homelessness affects urban and rural youth at similar levels.
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