October is Homeless Children’s Awareness Month.
Homeless Children’s Education Fund and its community partners have been hosting Stand Up demonstrations throughout Pittsburgh. These public demonstrations shed light on the plight of homeless youth in our region.
In 2021, the one-day demonstration expanded into Homeless Children’s Awareness Week. And, in 2022, the event expanded again into Homeless Children’s Awareness Month. This month-long event will be recognized every October, leading into National Homeless Youth Awareness Month in November.
There are nearly 3,000 students identified as homeless in Allegheny County. The mission of Homeless Children’s Education Fund is to advance the education of these students but we can’t do it alone. YOU CAN assist in decreasing the amount of students experiencing homelessness.
How can you do this? Refer. Donate. Advocate.
All month long, we will host events to help educate the community about how YOU CAN make a difference. We welcome you to join us, bring a friend, and share with your contacts.
Refer a child to receive services
Donate to expand programs
Volunteer with HCEF
The 2022 Homeless Children’s Awareness Month and the YOU CAN Campaign kicked-off with a Stand-Up Demonstration in Market Square. More than 100 community members and volunteers united in solidarity to support the nearly 3,000 youth identified as homeless (source: PA Department of Education).
The demonstration raises awareness and sheds light on the issues these youth face, spreads information about student rights, reduces stigma surrounding youth homelessness and spurs community action.