homeless youth

Camille Stuyvesant

For one day in January, cities across the country hold a point-in-time count to survey the homeless population in their county. In Reno, organizers recently hosted an event to count homeless youths, specifically. They found that the number of 18-to-24 year-olds without a home is on the rise. 


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The Nevada Department of Education has announced federal funds to help students experiencing homelessness. 

"In Nevada last year there were 17,172 students identified as homeless," says Mike Walker, state coordinator for homeless education. 

And, he says, that number has been increasing substantially over the last four to five years. That's where an annual grant from the Department of Education comes in.

Several non-profit agencies have 24 hours to count the number of homeless young people in Washoe County. KUNR's Anh Gray talks with a former resident of a home run by the Nevada Youth Empowerment Project, Miesha Mack, and the organization’s Executive Director Monica Dupea.