Homeless Youth Lose Federal Funding

The Synyrgy Project at Valley Youth House in Bucks County, Pennsylvania is a nationally recognized non-profit that helps homeless and runaway youth, ages 18 to 21.

Street Outreach Coordinator, Shane Burroughs, says the project helps young people who want off the streets, but also those who refuse to come inside, by providing them with vital necessities such as medication, food, toiletries and other support. The organization also checks in on the young people to help them find safe places to sleep so that they do not become victims of exploitation.

“We’re trying to make sure that the youth stay as safe as possible and make sure that they are not forced to do something that they don’t want to do,” says Burroughs.  “Human trafficking has become an issue in the Bucks County area and we want to make sure that as few youth as possible are approached for the purposes of human trafficking.”

Burroughs says the project’s $290,000 three-year federal grant was not renewed for 2012, so they’re hoping the community steps up to save them.

Learn more at Cherri Gregg’s CBS Philly News article: Bucks Co. Homeless Youth Center Taking Action After Losing Federal Funding.

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