SPECIAL: Hidden Homeless - KOAM TV 7

SPECIAL: Hidden Homeless


Lisa Olliges talks with several teens and experts working to find answers to the problem of hidden homeless.  Some call them "couch surfers" - staying where they can when they can.

In Part 1 meet a young man and woman who sleep in a tent and ride a bike to school relying on school-based programs to help them with food.  Another teen is a couch surfer regularly living out of her backpack.

In Part 2 - airing tonight on KOAM News at 10 - a 17 year old teen mom getting shelter from Children's Haven.

School officials say there are many more stories where students live without utilities or the ability to shower which compounds their problems.

"She felt she was unclean and did not want to be around fellow classmates," says Vallie Cook of Jobs For America's Graduates.  "I think that's extremely sad because we think of them being homeless - we don't think of all the other circumstances that puts them in that may prevent them from continuing their education or even going out and looking for employment."

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