The following are youth we cannot accept for overnight stays,
but they may still participate in our Drop-In Center:
In DFCS or DJJ custody
Severely disturbed/psychotic, having a history which renders them violent and assaultive
History of Arson or Pyromania
Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Known developmental problems which would impair reasonable function within the structure of a "home" environment
Outstanding custody orders
The Open Hearts Youth Shelter is a Basic Center, part of a national program funded by the US Department of Health & Human Services with contributions from private foundations, corporation and individuals. Click Here to See our Supporters and Partners.
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HOW TO GET HELP
Someone is available to take your call/text message 24 hours a day: CALL or TEXT for help: (770) 912-2972
Email our staff- firstname.lastname@example.org
Complete an ONLINE REFERRAL FORM
MAKE A DONATION/CONTRIBUTION
OTHER SHELTER RESOURCES FOR ADULTS AND FAMILIES
Consequences of Life on the Street for Homeless and Runaway Youth:
Increased likelihood of high-risk behaviors, including engaging in unprotected sex, having multiple sex partners and participating in intravenous drug use. Youth who engage in these high-risk behaviors are more likely to remain homeless and be more resistant to change.
Greater risk of severe anxiety and depression, suicide, poor health and nutrition, and low self-esteem.
Increased likelihood of exchanging sex for food, clothing and shelter ( also known as "survival sex") or dealing drugs to meet basic needs. Forty percent of African American youth and 36 percent of Caucasian youth who experienced homelessness or life on the street sold drugs, primarily marijuana, for money.
Difficulty attending school due to lack of required enrollment records (such as immunization and medical records and proof of residence) as well as lack of access to transportation to and from school. As a result, homeless youth often have a hard time getting an education and supporting themselves financially.
Homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning (GLBTQ) youth are more likely to exchange sex for housing or shelter, are abused more often at homeless shelters (especially adult shelters), and experience more violence on the streets than homeless heterosexual youth.