U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is making an appearance at a youth shelter in Philadelphia on Monday to make a push for a bill that would provide an additional $40 million in federal funding to combat youth homelessness.
Casey, who represents Pennsylvania, will join Project HOME's Sister Mary Scullion, Covenant House Pennsylvania Executive Director John Ducoff, former NFL player Tim Massaquoi and other advocates at Youth Emergency Services' Teen Shelter, on Fairmount Avenue near 16th Street in Philadelphia, to call for more funding for youth programs Monday afternoon. The appropriations bill, if passed, would increase funding for resources for homeless youth including transitional and permanent housing.
NBC10's digital team recently published an in-depth investigation on the issues around homeless youth in Philadelphia through the eyes of more than a dozen teens and young adults who are currently or have been homeless. Watch and read the Faces of Homeless Youth here.
In a January 2014 count of homeless people across the United States, nearly 200,000 youth up to age 24 were found. In Philadelphia alone, more than 600 homeless youth were found in a January 2015 count. Experts, however, say those numbers are likely low estimates of how many young people are homeless.