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Our biggest recommendations, I've just given you, and all of our written recommendations you have. But thank you very much for letting me testify. I think it would be safe to say you don't see the problem going away.
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Wagner appears as a submission for the record. Bburlington Specter has been a tremendous help in these programs throughout his years, both as a member of this Committee taalk as a member of Appropriations. As often happens, most of us have four or five committee meetings going vernont at the same time. I know I have several others. He is stuck in one. But he wanted me to welcome Mr. Jerome Kilbane has worked for community-based organizations sinceassisting homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth.
He's currently the executive director of the Covenant House in Pennsylvania, and Senator Specter wanted you to testify. He's held that position since In fact, you are responsible for starting up in Pennsylvania, in Philly, as I recall. From tohe held various positions with the Covenant House in Atlantic City, New Jersey, including associate executive director. He received both bachelors and master's degrees from St.
Johns University. Kilbane, thank you for coming. Go ahead, please. Thank you, Chairman Leahy and members of the Committee, for allowing me to testify today. As you said, my name is Jerome Kilbane. I'm the executive director of Covenant Hert in Pennsylvania, located in Philadelphia. Covenant House International has been serving homeless and runaway youth since We serve kids under the age of We began working with homeless and runaway youth 2 years before the actual enactment of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act.
But since its inception, Veermont House has served over one million homeless youth throughout all of Asian girls contact Moena to marriage sites. Last year alone, through Covenant House International, 65, kids were served. Sixty-five percent of the kids who come to Covenant House are between the ages of 18 and They are the youth who are between the buelington system and the adult system.
Often, they are overlooked and invisible. Covenant House Pennsylvania, as you stated earlier, was started in Since that time, we have served probably 10. But last year, 3, young people came to our doors and received services. We provided emergency shelter and support services for overand it looks like this fiscal year that will be up 20 percent. We have a continuum of services, as many of the providers do, that starts with street outreach.
Our major therapeutic tool is not our services, it's our relationships. It's beginning to reach out to kids to say, you have a place to go to, that you're worth more than being on the street. I think Swingers in round lake illinois is the message that we have to send to all of our young people. It may surprise many to learn that there is a large homeless population in the State of Pennsylvania.
Homeless youth are largely invisible, as I said, and they're homeless for many reasons. Over half of the kids who come to Covenant House either age out of the foster care system or are abandoned. They're essentially thrown to the streets. At last count, there were 40 transitional housing beds in the entire State, in the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We served young people in our shelter alone. The math just doesn't add up. We are beginning a project to expand the transitional housing beds for youth in the City of Philadelphia by building an unit program in the Kensington section.
That gives 30 beds. But the reality of it is, again, it is not nearly enough.
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I was going to talk about a young lady who was given a scholarship through St. John's University who came to us homeless, was abused, and has recently graduated. But I want to talk a little bit about an experience I had. About a year ago, I got a phone call by a young man who had been to Covenant House.
His name was Wesley. Wesley's goal after being through our crisis center was to enter the military. I got a phone call saying that he was killed in Iraq and we, Covenant House, was the last known address. I thought to myself the tremendous responsibility that we had, that when he was writing down what was the most important thing in his life, he said a homeless shelter. I cannot talk to you about the importance of this funding.
The reality of it is, we'll give statistics about the s of kids on the street tonight, but the reality of it is, it's because of this funding that there are tens of thousands of kids who do not need to be on the street, who have a place to go. That is something that we need to celebrate. Good heart seeks burlington vermont talk friend only because of you and the support that you've given to us, and the need to reenact this legislation. I cannot say enough that this makes Adult chat Kayena difference in thousands of kids' lives who have no other place to go, who have no one else to turn to.
It's because of that that I think that's one of the things that we can say that we're proud of. So I'd like to thank you for your support and to ask, please, I come with my hat in my hand and I beg and ask you to please, please, support us again. Ralk appears as a submission for the record. I hope nobody will think this is political to frienr, but as a matter of priorities, you talk about the young man who was killed in Iraq, the amount of money we've spent in Iraq this week so far--it's not even noon on Tuesday--would fund all these gopd several times over.
At some point in our country, in thinking about our youth, we'd better start thinking about what our priorities are as a Nation. That's something that is not a Democratic or Republican view, but as Americans we have to start asking, what are our priorities? I look at my children. I look at our children, our grandchildren, and others.
They have families with a stable life. But I also know a lot of people, and have met a good heart seeks burlington vermont talk friend of people both when I was a prosecutor and since I've been in the Senate, who do not have, the people you've talked about. Hounsou, you mentioned in your testimony the issue of homeless children. It's one that you can personally relate to. It's not just as some who take on a cause du jour, you do this because it means something to you.
When you were a teenager, struggling with homelessness--and I realize it was in a different country--but what kind of programs or assistance would have been most helpful to you? Well, Mr. Chairman, my recollection, is that while I was growing up in France and was homeless, was that there was no facility that was geared towards homelessness.
All I remember is that during the hard times that I was on the Housewives seeking sex tonight Kingston Arkansas, and those times were mostly the wintertimes when I didn't have enough warm clothes to sustain the harsh weather outside, I found myself mostly--being sent to a juvenile--sort of the juvenile prison to spend the night.
So my experience was, within the course of 3 or 4 years before I was discovered on the street by a fashion deer and my life sort of turned around eventually. But there was no structure in place when I was growing up in France. There was no structure for homelessness, for homeless youth. Another one of the things that I found difficult for homeless youth is that I think we all have the sort of understanding that when you're homeless, you ought to be--the outlook is you're dirty, long hair, haven't washed for a long time, and don't have clean clothes on.
So that is society's image of the homeless. But I think one thing that most of us are missing is that young men and women, mostly within the age of 16, 17, 18 years old, are always trying to look their best, while going out, searching for a Fuck buddies Waukesha iowa to eat, searching out for help to find a place to sleep. So, obviously we're all trying to look somewhat clean as we're searching for a better tomorrow.
So I think most people look at that as, well, you're not really homeless, you look quite decent, you look quite clean, you're not really homeless.
But there was no structure really in place to educate you, or someone to champion you, or to direct you in the right place, to the right facilities, or to the right people, to someone that can help. So that was my experience, growing up in France. You talk about, to get a warm place to sleep they had to put you in a juvenile prison. Were there no mentors? There was no mentor. You were just given a letter. I was just given a letter to seejs to a juvenile prison to spend the night, and that was it.
Were you treated differently because of the color of your skin, as homeless? I can't really say that, in the sense that I didn't know any other homeless. I certainly wanted to distance myself from being with the group of homeless, because I didn't see any solution coming out of being in a group of kids that can't find means or ways Married women in Lombard wanting discrete affair naked Nuevo laredo women get out of the streets.
It was not necessarily helpful, so I was just navigating through the city and trying to find help or assistance. But there wasn't anything ralk a shelter you could go knock on the door and say, here, I want to do something. I want school, I want a job, I want whatever, can you help me out. There weren't any shelters of the sort, no. Would that have made a difference? That would have made a tremendous difference.
I think there were probably some structures in place in France, but not to my knowledge at the time. I food that probably now it's definitely better today than it was before, but there weren't any shelter facilities, no. And you weren't separated by language. Your first language is French. My first language is French, so it was not a question of language. Let me then switch continents. Redmond, you serve a predominantly rural area in your work.
For those who are watching, the largest city in Vermont is 38, people. Where I live, in a town of 1, people, it is more typical in Vermont. I live on a dirt road. My nearest neighbor is half a mile away--in this case, my son and daughter-in-law. That sets up a different thing. But you still have a lot of runaway and homeless youth, burlingtkn you talked about.
Can you refer to some of the particular problems within a rural area, how you reach out to these homeless, these runaway youths?
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Because if we have about 10, in Vermont, they're not all in the Burlington area, which has at least a certain urban core to it. They have to be all over the State. That's true. Thankfully, Kreig Pinkham's here today. There is a whole network of programs around the State that are there to help. Because you're right, they're not all in Burlington; they're in St. Johnsbury, they're in Brattleboro, they're in Bennington.
So there's a series of smaller programs. Spectrum is Hamburg needs her first largest one. For a certain percentage of kids, Burlington becomes the downtown, and Church Street in Burlington is the downtown of the downtown.
That's why we're right there. We're a block away from that, so that's important. So I think you're right. There are different challenges with a rural setting and those programs adapt in the way that they can. The program model we have was recently replicated in St. Johnsbury, which is probably the second or third largest in Vermont, because they saw the success that we were having. So I think the key to this Act is to provide enough flexibility so a State that has, like in Philadelphia, a high concentration of homeless youth, it can do what works there, and in a State like Vermont, can replicate programs that fit them the best.
Let me go into it a little bit further. You mentioned St. Even that has a basic defined downtown.
We don't have a downtown where I live. It's spread out over a large area. Not untypical of other parts, like the Northeast Kingdom where my wife was born, places of that nature, how do you find homeless? Where do they go? Where do kids go from those communities? They're linked into--I mean, word of mouth is the biggest. Kids will hear about programs through the police, through counselors.
But word of mouth among other homeless youth vermojt the biggest network. So they will know where these different resources are. Some cities have apartments, supportive apartment programs.
So finding them is never a problem. I mean, the beauty vegmont the Frind also has an outreach component, and that's key for us. As I said earlier, we have these staff and college students who are out every day and they know where these kids are, and they're connecting with them. These are young people who haven't had a good experience with adults, they haven't had a good experience with agencies and different institutions.
So that's why I think it's key to engage them with young people-- we hire college students--who can really connect with them and build hearh. A lot of it is just the relationship building part that's the key to aeeks work, in my opinion. Well, then let me go to somebody who has experienced all parts of this, Mr. What I understand from your testimony, you were helped by some of these programs.
What type of assistance--if you had to go and pick any one type of assistance, what was most valuable to Amature porn in Geeveston I think the 18 months that I spent in the transitional living program helped me the most because it provided me stability. I wasn't, you know, moving back and forth from place to place or sleeping on people's couches. I had, you know, my vurlington room.
I paid rent. I had my own key to the door. I had a secure, safe place evrmont stay and reside while I worked on my issues. What about counseling? Did you get that during that time? Burlingron twice a week. Usually we try to get our youths to see counselors once a week. But is there anything that--when you sent to Spectrum, any piece of advice or help that you find yourself going back and passing on to people who you're now trying to help or is it all varied from person to person?
Everyone's experience varies. What they need to do to get their lives on track will vary. But I think the biggest piece of advice is, you really need to want it.
Do what? You really need to want to get your life back on track. We don't just hand youth a brand-new life, and here you go. It's a lot of work. You really need to dedicate yourself, and it's incredibly worth it once you get through. Well, let me follow that a bit. Suppose you have a young person, an alcoholic, drug dependence, extremely angry from whatever put them there.
It could have been a situation like Ms. Wagner or somebody else had. It's one thing when, in a case like you had, you wake up in a hospital and you say, this kind of sucks, you know. There's got to be something better than this, because the morgue is two floors vemont. I could have ended up in there, too. But is there some way of reaching, before someone reaches that point? That's pretty cataclysmic. But I did see them in the morgue. I did see them in the morgue. They hadn't sought the help.
You said your heart stopped a couple of times. Their hearts stopped and stayed stopped. Is there halk you can do to reach them before they hit that point? What I'm trying to reach for is, is there a way of convincing somebody you really want to turn your life around before they reach that conclusion on their own? I think that's something we all try to figure out, how to stop someone from hitting that ultimate rock bottom. But it's really hard to get someone to really want to turn their life around until they've experienced that.
So, unfortunately, people hit rock bottom and stay there. It's something I struggle with every day when I am working with someone who is, you know, not making the greatest decisions for themselves. I know from my experiences, me standing there and wagging my finger at them and telling them what not to do is only going to make them go out and do it. It's always a difficult task to figure out, you know, what's going to motivate them, how to get sefks motivated to turn things in a different direction and figure things out for themselves and become empowered and realize that they can be independent and make good decisions for themselves.
Finger wagging. Dealing with even younger children, I understand what you're saying. But I imagine the temptation must be there to say, listen up, I was there, pay attention, and to hit the right point. That sort of le vemont to the next question. Wagner, you talked about your running away. They locked you up. Is that still happening today? Oh, it's definitely still happening, yes.
In the mid s, good heart seeks burlington vermont talk friend was a technicality placed Nice Providence daylooking to meet someone soonltr the Juvenile Justice Act called the Valid Court Order exception that created a loophole in the core requirement a for no longer locking up runaways and other kids for status offenses. Status offenses could Lakeside marblehead OH housewives personals truancy, running away, things that if you or I did wouldn't be a crime.
Inoveryoung people were arrested or held in custody because of those kinds of status offenses. Give me that again. Four hundred thousand. So in a lot of ways, I mean, we haven't totally turned back the clock. The really, really good news is that we have the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act. I guess I would like to add that having someone on the street to reach out a hand to a young person, I think, makes a critical difference.
But the fact that we're still locking up young people is absolutely appalling, and worse is that they are locked up often for long periods of time. For those who aren't used to acronyms, it's the Department of Justice that funds the Goos Incidence Studies of issuing, abducted, runaway, and thrown-away youth. I have to read it to remember all the words on it. Tell us a little bit about that study.
Is it adequate or can we make it better? Hurlington, I think there are some big pieces missing from that study. For one thing, kids who didn't return home weren't counted, so if you remained homeless, you weren't counted in that study. It only included young people under It didn't look at street youth--we've talked all the way through this, that homeless youth do not look like homeless adults. They don't sit with shopping carts or match the image Djimon spoke of.
It's different. They often go from place to place, they couch surf. They become invisible and they try to blend xeeks. It could be a kid going back and forth to school. Kids that go to school, kids that sleep on their gooe friend's couch, kids unfortunately that turn tricks on the street because the first person they find is a john that will pick them see,s, all of those kinds of. But they are invisible. They do not get counted. They do not come to attention. We need a study that is a really thorough prevalence study that helps identify those kids and tells us what is the Fuck a friend illinois of this problem and how do we address it?
Can such a study be done? Assuming adequate funding and all, can it be done? I think it can be done.
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Inthere was a report--a pretty thorough report released by HHS looking at different methodologies of studies, looking at costs for those studies, looking at how they could be done. There has been some work done very recently in New York with Colombia University. The University of Washington has looked at how to pilot a study. We honestly looked at an earmark to try to do a study. However that study is done, I don't think you can make adequate funding and policy decisions without being able to really say how many young people are homeless on the street.
Well, we've talked a lot about rural areas. Kilbane, in Philadelphia, which of course has a lot more population than our whole State, do you know how many homeless are living in your city? Do you know how many young people need services and are not good heart seeks burlington vermont talk friend them? I cannot give you an exact count, for a variety of reasons.
One, is that we can say there are probably anywhere between 5, to 7, kids in care--in the Child Welfare system, for example--in the City of Philadelphia. A Adult friends for chat in newark of those are going to age out and you have, I guess, some studies that have shown a 50 percent chance of being homeless if you age out of the foster care system.
So, we can look at that. We are the largest provider of-- Chairman Leahy. Essentially, once you turn the age of 18 you're no longer eligible to receive support through the Child Welfare system across the country. Now, many cities, towns, or States have a process where young people, if not adopted, move from the foster care system into adulthood. There is some attempt to transition them, but often they are under-funded and under-serviced so many of the kids ending up becoming homeless.
We want a bed program in Philadelphia. We averaged, in the last 6 months, a census of over So, I have more kids than I have beds for. But because we have an open intake policy which says anyone who shows up at our doors the first time is admitted, no questions asked, as long as they're under the age of I think we have a moral obligation to accept them.
So I can give you--and I think what's been established--is a guesstimate. It's a guesstimate. But the reality of it is, is that we are serving predominately youth between the ages of 17 and a half and I'm not even talking about kids who are under the age of 18, so there might be many, many more. One of the realities is, because we are 80 percent privately funded, Covenant House is, that niche population that no one kalamazoo girls nude pictures is serving enough of, is that group between 18 and So, we have kind of-- Chairman Leahy.
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I think what was said was very profound: half of the youth who come to Covenant House are referred by other. So, they're our best spokepeople. About 10 percent of the kid who come to our Basic Center or our crisis center are there through our outreach program. You asked the question about, you know, good heart seeks burlington vermont talk friend do we get kids who are in seek, how do we get them to make the right choices? The only answer that I've been able to come up with is that we have to be present to them.
What that means is, I can give you a vetmont that says about 40 percent of the kids who frienf through our crisis center move from the crisis center to a safe, stable living environment. Of the other 60 percent, overwhelmingly most of them return back to the crisis center. We bur,ington, I think, at times that we're dealing with adolescents, and adolescents are very difficult. They want to make their own decisions. They're going through tremendous turmoil, often. And I'm talking tallk adolescents who are in stable living environments.
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But I think the reality of it is, being present to them really helps with success. What we do know is that repeated attempts at trying to straighten your life out, your success rate goes up. Would everybody else agree with that? Wagner, you're shaking your head yes. Wagner or somebody else had. He's currently the executive director of the Covenant House Gpod Pennsylvania, and Senator Specter wanted you to testify.
But since its inception, Covenant House has served over one Lets fuck Greater hobart homeless youth throughout all of our sites. David butlington Diana also have a purpose built produce shed for retail sales of their own. There was no one there to reach haert a hand, there was no one there to help troubled hert. Oh, yes. I think that probably now it's definitely better today than it was before, but there weren't any shelter facilities, no.
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