Help for Youth in Need of Homes!
For many Americans, it's time to hit the books and head back to school. This time of year is exciting for kids and parents alike: the opportunities to learn are endless and there are old and new friends all around. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, however, around 50,000 American youth currently face homelessness and the challenges that come with it. Homelessness significantly hinders a young person's ability to go to school and discover his or her potential. Benefits.gov is here to help those in need by providing information for benefit and assistance programs that can help our homeless youth.

To combat this issue, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) administers the following programs for homeless youth:

The Transitional Living Program for Homeless Youth (TLP) provides stable and safe living accommodations for homeless youth between the ages of 16 and 22 for up to 21 months. In addition to housing, TLP offers job preparation assistance and educational opportunities to program participants.

The Street Outreach Program (SOP) provides outreach services designed to build relationships between outreach workers and street youth. The goal of these efforts is to protect young people from the damaging effects of street life. SOPs are found in various cities across the country. Services include education, outreach, access to emergency shelter, survival aid, counseling, information and referral, crisis intervention, and follow up support. Anyone under 22 years of age and living on the street is eligible for this program. For more information, visit the Benefit Details pages to view these programs' eligibility, application, and contact information.

Don't let homelessness stop you or someone you know from getting a good education and living a fulfilling life. Let Benefits.gov guide you to information about a variety of federal benefits and assistance programs that might be of interest to you or someone you know. Please visit our website to browse a full listing of Housing benefits, and consider using our Benefit Finder tool to see which other government benefits that may be right for you.