The kids who don’t go home

Tucked in a window ledge

Tucked in a window ledge (Photo credit: quinet)


You can spot them in almost any city , the kids who don’t go home when the coffee shops or little bodegas close.

They hang out in groups, sporting well worn backpacks and they’re in trouble.

The Reaching Home Campaign is set to release Connecticut’s first study and comprehensive report on youth and homelessness, called Invisible No More. It does not include details on every city in the state, but does include information from teens who have been living on the streets in Connecticut’s biggest cities.

And that’s a problem, mostly for them. They’re often preyed upon and engage in dangerous activity to make ends meet. Some won’t go to shelters because they’re afraid of the adults and afraid they’ll be shipped back to the places they’ve run away from.

A panel of those who have lived on the streets as kids will discuss their experiences during the Hartford event.

Reaching Home plans to release a battery of policies it hopes will provide a way to actually get these kids off the streets.







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Rob Varnon