Editor’s Note: Gen Z is our future and the invisible plight of youth homelessness is examined with active listening in news reporting

WHYY News reports on youth homelessness, the invisible plight for many young people across Greater Philadelphia, with Temple University’s Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting, have amplified the importance of active listening and empathy in news reporting. Our explanatory multimedia reporting project, “Young, Unhoused and Unseen,” included a podcast and series of stories, videos and audiograms.

Unsheltered statistics are staggering for Philadelphia youth – one in four unhoused people are aged 24 or younger, according to the city’s 2023 Point in Time Count.

Philadelphia’s Point in Time Count is an annual local survey meant to quantify the number of homeless people for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). More than 17% of homeless persons are children under the age of 18, and more than 8% of the city’s unsheltered persons are youth ages 18 to 24.

  • December 31, 2023
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