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Downward spiraling of the American economy is not solely responsible for the rise in teen homelessness in the U.S.; but is has had its effect. When families no longer have safe shelter to live in, when they have been forced to give up what they know as home due to the foreclosure debacle, when families cannot qualify to rent even the smallest apartment or motel room for safe shelter, children will take to the streets looking for alternatives or a way to get their basic needs met.

Often times, out of hopelessness and desperation, parents and guardians simply ‘throw their children away’ and hope that they will find something better or someone else who can properly provide for the children’s needs. A hopeful economy – one where genuine signs of recovery and new opportunity are clearly evident – will certainly help keep food, shelter and clothing needs filled for families on the brink of homelessness, which includes their children.