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April 14, 2015

Student-Led Shelter for Homeless Young in Works at Harvard

Two recent Harvard University graduates are coordinating an effort to open what is believed to be the nation's first student-run shelter catering to homeless youths, The Boston Globe writes. Y2Y Harvard Square is slated to open in November in the Cambridge, Mass., district that has long been a magnet for homeless young people, whom officials and advocates say have needs not met by typical, adult-focused shelters.

The project is led by 2014 Harvard graduates Sam Greenberg and Sarah Rosenkrantz, who spent much of their student years working at the existing Harvard Square Homeless Shelter. They have raised $955,000 of the estimated $1.25 million cost to establish the Y2Y in the basement of the Unitarian Universalist First Parish in Cambridge. Youth on Fire, a program of the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts that provides counseling and other services for homeless kids, will move its daytime operations to the new facility.