WHAT IS THE SLEEP IN?
Youth homelessness can seem like an invisible problem. But for more than 22,000 young adults in our own city, it’s all too real.
From Friday, February 24 at 6pm until Saturday February 25 at 7 am at Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago, we'll come together for the second Chicago SLEEP IN. This all-night charity event will raise awareness and funds for local nonprofits on the front lines — and celebrate the survival and spirit of real teens. From all walks of life, let's unite to wake up Chicago. For one night, we won’t close our eyes.
- Chicago Public Schools (CPS) identified a record 22,144 students experiencing homelessness or housing instability in 2013-14
- 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ, according to numerous national surveys
- 78% of LGBTQ youth in the Department of Children & Family Services system are likely to experience homelessness at some point
- 23.4 months: average time spent fighting homelessness by teens according to a national survey
- 15: average age that teens first experienced homelessness, according to the same survey
- Only 374 youth shelter beds exist for unaccompanied youth in Chicago
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