"When you're a mother and homeless, everything is a challenge. Transportation, food, child care. You're uncertain of every decision you make and very aware that what you do today affects your tomorrow."
“Being homeless is like being in a forest with no map or food and you have to fend for yourself when you have no idea what to do.”
"You feel empty when you're homeless. Just trying to find a place to lay my head, don't want to sleep under a tunnel where you can get robbed or raped. It hurts to be hungry and nobody stops to help."
“Being homeless doesn’t feel right, it feels like you don’t belong. I would love for there to be more daycare opportunities so I can finish school and be able to give my child a roof over her head.”
“It feels very weird and lonely to be homeless. I’m in AP classes, in the National Honor Society, and I’m a straight A student. I’m smart, and I want to have a future too.”
"Being homeless is something you wouldn't want to be. Devastating. It gives you a deep, empty feeling inside."
“Being homeless is not a place you want to be. On the streets, people take advantage of you. You’re lonely and scared. You can’t trust anyone.”
"Bad things happen to people's kids when they're on the streets. It's damaging to see their parents stressed out and not know what their next step is."
"When I was eighteen I was living under a bridge. Youth homelessness shouldn't be taken lightly. It should be a first priority."
“It’s all about where am I going to sleep, eat, put my stuff, use the restroom, plug in my electronic devices, get out of the heat? It’s very lonely, scary, depressing, and stressful. The more funding that goes to preventing homelessness, the less homelessness we’ll have. We don’t want youth to give up. People need motivation to get off the streets and into housing.”
"The stress level is high. I stay solo, try to survive. I study in my car, sleep in my car. Some of us don't have direction without parents. We think we have nothing to lose, because no one around us cares about us."
"I became homeless when I graduated college. I didn't have any where to go and didn't have a very good family bond. At first I was just couch surfing, then I eventually had no where to go and had to go live on the streets. I slept in places like the airport, abandoned buildings, in parks, and at random people's house that I would trade sex to live there. Loneliness was a very big problem for me when I was staying on the streets. You just wish that you had someone to help you out, talk to you, and be there with you on those cold nights. I felt like everyone who saw and looked at me knew I was homeless and hated me."
"The money being used to help homeless youth is not going to waste. It really does help. When my time is up here [Lifeworks], I can be confident to be on my own and take care of my kids."