Advocacy

Couches Don’t Count

Did you know that 51% of youth surveyed during Philadelphia’s August 2015 Youth Count were couch-surfing?  These youth are “couch ho pping” or rotating their evenings from friend to friend, without a home to return to. They’re not sleeping on the street or in the open, but they are homeless. Additionally, national statistics show that 43% of youth who use […]

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Help for Families: 10/5

The Morning Call’s “Help for Families” column is a collaboration between The Morning Call and parenting professionals brought together by Valley Youth House’s Project Child. Question: 16 year-old works at a fast-food restaurant and doesn’t get out of work until after 11 p.m. Our town council is considering imposing a curfew. I am worried how will this […]

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National Conference on Ending Homelessness: B. Motsavage

Bill Motsavage, our Executive Vice President, presented two seminars at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Washington, DC on July 16-17 2015. The first presentation, titled “Making Rapid Re-Housing Work for Youth,” can be viewed here: B. Motsavage NAEH 7.16.15 The second presentation, titled “Working with System Involved Youth,” can be viewed here: B. Motsavage NAEH 7.17.15

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Wolf Administration Sued over Budget Impasse

Valley Youth House is named in a lawsuit against Governor Wolf for the nearly 80-day budget impasse. Along with 110 other organizations, Valley Youth House is part of Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth and Family Services. All of these organizations are impacted by the lack of budget; state and federal contracts that fund foster care, child […]

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Help for Families 9/14

The Morning Call’s “Help for Families” column is a collaboration between The Morning Call and parenting professionals brought together by Valley Youth House’s Project Child.   QUESTION: 14-year-old son told me that his best friend makes the comment, “Hashtag, I’d rape that,” every time he sees a pretty girl. I am upset for my son to […]

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Help for Families 9/7

The Morning Call’s “Help for Families” column is a collaboration between The Morning Call and parenting professionals brought together by Valley Youth House’s Project Child. QUESTION: 4- and 6-year-old daughters woke up one night to a house filled with smoke and the smoke detector blaring from a fire in our furnace. They were and still are very […]

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