You survived the streets for days or maybe months. Then a street outreach worker tells you about a safe place to go for food, clothes, and a hot shower. Tired and alone, you decide to check the place out. It’s an emergency shelter for homeless youth.
... A couple of weeks later, you move to a program where you can get housing and advice on how to live on your own. You may begin to talk to your family and get together with them for activities and holiday gatherings. After a while, you feel strong and ready to move on.
Still, it may not be easy.
Will you remember to pay your rent on time? Be able to juggle school and work? Living on your own takes more than a strong will and a positive outlook. When things go wrong you may have to ask for help. There’s nothing wrong with making mistakes and needing a second chance.
In this brochure, young people tell their stories in their own words and offer advice to other young people making the trip to successful independent living.