The already too high number of homeless youth rises each year and reprsents intense challenges on these kids to stay in school on a daily basis. In Los Angeles County alone there are more than 30,000 youth classified as homeless (along with their families); having no permanent place to call home. Mostly invisible, many homeless youth are surviving by their family sharing an apartment with other families, living with their family in a garage, some in a car, couch "surfing" with friends or, the unthinkable, living on the streets. The Salvation Army is committed to addressing this crisis as the leading provider of support for people in need. Funds raised by One Night, are directed to the support of the homeless families and youth by providing shelter, food and clothing.
The Salvation Army has many programs in place that are helping to end the cycles of poverty, abuse and neglect of children. Many Salvation Army units have “Adopt a Child” or “Adopt a Family” programs that allow for donors to directly pay for a child or family in need. Salvation Army transitional housing centers are commonly available in communities for youths and single parent families. Even better, Salvation Army transitional programs often include relevant training. So not only are they meeting their basic needs, younger residents will receive counseling and training to increase cognitive, behavioral, and psychosocial skills to help develop their education and career. Finally, many Salvation Army units offer after-school programs that help hinder poor decisions by encouraging children to engage in healthy activities in those unsupervised hours after school.