Elaina | Invisible People

Elaina


At only 14 years old, Elaina made the decision to leave home rather than live with her mother’s drug abuse. That’s a pretty hard call for a young child to make, yet today I met […]

Elaina

At only 14 years old, Elaina made the decision to leave home rather than live with her mother’s drug abuse. That’s a pretty hard call for a young child to make, yet today I met a few homeless youth in Salt Lake City, Utah that felt the streets were better than home.

For the last 6 years Elaina has been on her own and in some state of homelessness. At one point she had an apartment, but it’s really hard for kids be mature enough to maintain housing. Plus, at 16 or so, the only income a youth can find is at best part time, and that’s not enough money to live off.

Elaina is a new mother. She says now having a son helps motivate her to do better. Soon, she’ll be in her own apartment thanks to rapid rehousing program that’s aimed at homeless youth.

 

Very special thanks to Volunteers of America for allowing me to join their street outreach today.

This Invisible People road trip is made possible by  Sevenly and Virgin Mobile USA, who are partnering to end youth homelessness through Virgin Mobile USA’s initiative, RE*Generation. For more information please click here.

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  • RealHoopyFrood

    Sadly, Elaina is getting the housing only because she has a child. If she didn’t, she’d still be living on the streets.

  • Jopper Ashley

    Does she have her newborn?

  • wancow

    In California she’d do a little better if she didn’t have a child.

  • Kendra

    I’m the director for a homeless shelter here in our town, and it amazes me how many people believe that the homeless have all this “help” available to them. Like Elaina said though, it’s just not enough or often times you don’t qualify for the help you need.

  • Shanni

    That’s absolutely true. Resources aren’t as available as people think or people wouldn’t even be homeless. I know Elaina a little from the shelter here. Great mom and person!

  • Jane

    Is this help? They take 100 dollars from peoples welfare cheques a week to stay in a shitty shelter with crap food, treated like a strange alien with no rights and they are all have to leave for the entire day they arent allowed to stay no matter how cold it is outside- they return at 4-00 pm or something. I think people in jail have it much better! This is how it is in canada…

  • Jane

    No she wouldnt the leftwing dont give a crap about a single white woman!

  • elaina

    Yes I had my son with me. I’m very proud to say that my son has always been in my custody. I’ve had friends who have lost their kids for one reason or another. And I swore that would never be me. Thank you all for the understanding, its hard to put yourself out there like that, open to the world to judge.

  • Elaina

    Yes I had my son with me. I’m very proud to say that my son has always been in my custody. I’ve had friends who have lost their kids for one reason or another. And I swore that would never be me. Thank you all for the understanding, its hard to put yourself out there like that, open to the world to judge.