Couches Don't Count

VYH Recognized at Philadelphia Union Soccer Gamer

Valley Youth House was honored as a beneficiary of the Philadelphia Union’s Pride Night on July 26th. The event featured a pre-game Couches Don’t Count pop up, with proceeds from ticket sales going towards Valley Youth House’s Pride Program. Patrick Cahill, VYH Board of Governors Chair, was named as the Union’s Hometown Hero before the game. […]

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VYH Advocates for Homeless LGBTQ+ Youth at the State Capitol

Valley Youth House took its #CouchesDontCount campaign to Harrisburg on Monday, June 5th, to advocate for homeless LGBTQ+ youth to legislators and visitors in the capitol building. With the support of Representative Brian Sims, a Philadelphia-based politician and dedicated advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, VYH occupied the capitol rotunda with a couch to raise awareness about […]

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VYH testifies for Philadelphia City Council on homelessness prevention

Valley Youth House’s VP of SE Programs, Allison Moore, provided testimony before Philadelphia’s City Council yesterday about homelessness prevention and the need for increased supports and funding. VYH was one of several agencies to participate, including People’s Emergency Center, Juvenile Law Center, Office of Homeless Services, and the Family Service Provider Network. Read more about […]

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Out at Comcast

Valley Youth House and the #CouchesDontCount campaign was invited to speak with Comcast employees at an event organized by Out @ Comcast in October. Out @ Comcast is a resource group for LGBTQ employees and allies at Comcast, and they work to create a safe and inclusive space for all of their employees. Thanks for including […]

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Valley Youth House wins Golden Cone award for Healing the World

Valley Youth House participated in PARK(ing) Day, an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks, on September 16th. We had a great day in Center City Philadelphia where we raised awareness for homeless LGBTQ youth through our #CouchesDontCount campaign. In addition to a great day, we’re proud […]

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CBS Philly covers Couches Don’t Count

We appreciate that KYW Newsradio and CBS Philly covered our #CouchesDontCount this past week and helped to spread the word about the invisible homeless youth population in Philadelphia. We also want to thank CBS 3’s co-anchors Jim Donovan and Brooke Thomas for visiting the couch and raising awareness! Read the full article here.

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Media coverage for VYH & City Council Hearing on Youth Homelessness

Director of Housing and Emergency Services for Philadelphia, Shani Meacham, participated as a panelist during last week’s City Council Hearing on Youth Homelessness in Philadelphia. Along with several youth speakers and representatives from other youth service providers in the city, Shani provided testimony on the growing problem of youth homelessness in Philadelphia.  Current and former clients […]

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#couchesdontcount Comes to the Lehigh Valley

Valley Youth House hosted our first #CouchesDontCount pop-up event in the Lehigh Valley on April 17th to raise awareness for youth that are “couch surfing”or staying with friends or acquaintances rather than sleeping unsheltered. #CouchesDontCount is an advocacy campaign to raise awareness for the disproportionate rate of young people experiencing homelessness that are “couch surfing.” Some […]

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