SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Friday is the eighth annual Springfield Sleepout. The sleepout is to inspire people to take action to end youth homelessness.
A new report released says that the amount of homeless youth in Springfield are on the rise, and unless something’s done, the problem could get out of hand.
Imagine your child not having a place to sleep at night or wondering where they'll get their next meal. It's a sad reality for a growing number of local young people. That's why a local group is fighting against youth homelessness.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo-- At age 19, Dakota was living on the streets. “I actually slept by the bridge back behind the building here for a good time,” says former homeless young person, Dakota Matheson.
According to a survey of homeless and at-risk youth in Springfield, young people are more likely to be homeless if they have a parent with a drug or alcohol problem; they have witnessed or been a victim of repeated traumas; or they have ever been homeless with their family.