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    (11/3/2011) (New Haven) - Mayor John DeStefano joined the executive directors from Youth Continuum and New Haven Home Recovery to kick off the 4th year of Tent City (events run November 4th and 6th)- New Haven’s fundraising campaign aimed at reducing homelessness. This year, the campaign’s focus is homeless youth. Because our youth are our greatest asset, Tent City 2011 is focused on our young people -- and we are proud that New Haven youth have come out to raise awareness on the impact of homelessness on youth.

    In the United States, between 1.5 and 3 million youth are without stable permanent housing and most of them are teenagers. The top 3 reasons for homelessness among Connecticut youth are economic, conflict with family or friends, and interpersonal violence.

    “The annual “Tent City” fundraising campaign represents something that is great about New Haven - the willingness of private citizens, businesses and services providers to come together to support those that are less fortunate,” said Mayor John DeStefano. “No child should have to spend a night on the streets or worry where they will lay their head at night.”

    Among older teens and young adults, 1300 used emergency shelter in Connecticut in 2010. The latest point-in-time count for New Haven -2009-stated that there were 130 children with families who were homeless in New Haven on the night of January 29, 2009).

    “There is no group in society more vulnerable than youth who lack a place to live and a stable family,” said Carole Shomo, Executive Director, Youth Continuum, Inc. “These young people are the future and worth investing in for their own sake and that of society. New Haven's Tent City events demonstrates the generosity and compassion of our community to reach out to care for these youth and create a positive tomorrow for all citizens.”

    Within our school system there are a number young people who do not have permanent stable housing. New Haven Home Recovery is working within the New Haven Public School system to make sure that children without stable homes are being supported to achieve academically.

    “Funding for organizations that provide shelters is critical in our mission to provide quality services - services that move people out of shelter and into permanent, stable housing,” said Kelly Ann Day, Executive Director, New Haven Home Recovery. “Children and their families need that support and partnerships like this highlight the importance of working together to provide a stable home life, especially for our youth.”

    November is National Youth Homelessness Awareness Month.

    The following events are open to the public and with proceeds going to youth homeless service providers:

    Friday, November 4th (TOMORROW) -- New Haven Idol @ the Shubert Theatre at 7:30pm -- Join New Haven high school students as they compete for the grand prize of world-class music lessons from the Yale School of Music and a feature performance at the 2012 International Festival of Arts and Ideas. Tickets available at www.shubert.com. VIP tickets can also be purchased from Lynn Lyons (203.946.7907). VIP tix include post-event reception with special guests, celebrity judges and event winners.

    Sunday, November 6th-- "Home In New Haven: Concrete Dreams" @ Coop High School in New Haven -- a theatrical production written, directed and produced by New Haven students! Performance is at 6:00p. The poignant and moving event includes Guest Speaker, Victoria Worcester, and feature slideshow on the impact of homelessness on youth. Tickets available at www.shubert.com or by calling 203.946.7907!

    DONATE at anytime to Tent City 2011 at www.uwgnh.org/tentcity! Checks can also be made out to "United Way of Greater New Haven” and sent to Community Services Administration, 165 Church Street-2nd Floor, New Haven, CT 06510.

    We are on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/TentCity2011NHV


    Contact Name: Adam Joseph

    Contact Email: AJoseph@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-8200

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