The Bridge for Youth, a nonprofit based in Uptown, is hosting a panel on youth homelessness Tuesday to lead into National Homelessness Awareness month in November.
Homelessness in Minnesota is at an all time high with more than10,000 homeless persons in the state, according to a 2012 study conducted by local nonprofit social services organization the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation.
Children and youth ages 21 and younger account for nearly half of the homeless population in Minnesota, according to the study.
The panel, moderated by Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman, will focus on the trends, issues and solutions of homelessness among the population under the age of 18.
“This is a fast growing segment and not much attention has been directed at this group,” said Janet Hallaway, corporate and community engagement manager for The Bridge for Youth.
The Bridge for Youth provides care to many of the homeless youth in Minnesota with a 24-hour crisis hotline, short-term and extended stay Emergency Shelter, free counseling for youth and families and aftercare support groups, Hallaway said.
The organization assists 1,200 homeless, runaway and abandoned youth and their families each year.
The panel will feature six community leaders including representatives from the Minneapolis Police Department and Minneapolis public schools.
Laura Marrinan is studying journalism at the University of Minnesota. Learn more about the Murphy News Service at www.murphynewsservice.org.
If you go …
Where: Community Room at The Bridge for Youth, 1111 W. 22nd St.
When: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1–2:30 p.m.