Shine A Light: Youth Homelessness in Ventura County

November is known as a month of gratitude. It’s the time of year when friends and families gather together to celebrate the start of the holiday season, share food, reflect, and spend time with one another.

However, in the heart of our community, there are those who find themselves without a place of refuge to gather or even sleep for the night. Interface’s Youth Crisis & Homeless Services staff increasingly encounter youth living on the streets, looking for their next meal and a safe place to stay. Frequently these youth are alone, isolated, and in a state of crisis. Like many unhoused individuals, they are seen yet unseen – faced with stigmatization, fear, instability, and danger as they try their best to survive.

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