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Harvard Opens A Student-Run Youth Homeless Shelter


It’s hard to be homeless at any age, but particularly after age 18: at that age, homeless youth become too old to be in the foster system, but are often too young to feel safe in adult shelters. But now, there’s a new place for them to go: Harvard.

No, not the university — but almost. In December, Harvard alumni Sarah Rosenkrantz and Sam Greenberg opened Y2Y, a homeless shelter in Harvard Square exclusively serving youth aged 18 to 24, and entirely run by students.

“Young people don’t feel safe, and often aren’t, in adult shelters,” said Rosenkrantz to the Huffington Post on Monday. “We felt it would be wrong not to open up a space for our peers.”

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