New York City’s Runaway Homeless Youth Deserve Better Services

For most young people, turning 21 is ceremonious. It’s a rite of passage into adulthood celebrated with spirits and friends.

But for runaway and homeless youth utilizing New York City’s specialized youth shelter system, turning 21 carries a much different and daunting significance. Per existing law, homeless young people can only stay in specialized youth shelters until the age of 21, at which point they must leave the home-like environment and tailored services of youth shelters and move to single adult shelters.