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For three years as a teen, Ariane Cyusa was homeless, finding shelter on the street and in various shelters.
"I survived on the kindness of friends and friends of friends and I slept on couches and in spare rooms," she said. "When I made it to the women’s shelter out here in Ashland [Massachusetts], I was challenged to work on myself, and some of that made me resentful. ... It was hard and painful, and since then I have felt like giving up a lot but I have learned so much."
For 40 years, the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act has supported communities across the country in their work to help homeless youth like Cyusa.
As part of the RHYA anniversary celebration, we’ve launched a new website to mark past accomplishments and encourage continued efforts to reach the federal goal of ending youth homelessness by 2020.
Quotes from young people about what it’s like to experience homelessness.
Milestones in the federal government’s work to address youth homelessness.
Ways to get involved, like connecting with runaway and homeless youth programs in your community and using the National Runaway Safeline for resources.
Starting this month we're also hosting a photo campaign to visually show the overwhelming support in ending youth homelessness. Grab a piece of paper, write #EndYouthHomelessness on it (or download the sign) and take a photo. Share it on all of your social media platforms.