November is National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM), a public awareness campaign designed to bring to light the experiences of runaway and homeless youth that too often remain invisible. ACH works every day to provide a safe place and trusting relationships for youth who runaway and are homeless.
- One in seven kids between the ages of 10 and 18 will run away at some point.
- There are 1 million to 3 million runaway and homeless kids living on the streets in the United States.
Learn more about National Runaway Prevention month by visiting National Runaway Safeline.
ASSESSMENT, INTERVENTION, AND REFERRAL SERVICES (AIRS
This 24/7 hotline is staffed by skilled bilingual professionals who determine the best of course action through ACH or a referral to other community resources.
Safe Place is a locally-administered, national program that provides access to immediate help and safety for youth in trouble (10-18). The distinctive yellow and black Safe Place sign can be found outside of business and community locations.
TXT 4 HELP
Youth in trouble can text the word SAFE (7233) and their current location to 4HELP (44357). Within seconds, they’ll receive the address of the closest Safe Place location and the number for the ACH youth shelter, if nearby. They will also have the option to text interactively with a mental health professional.
Youth Emergency Shelter
Offers 24/7 safety and care to youth, ages 10-17, who are runaways, homeless, or trafficked. ACH works quickly to arrange stable living arrangements for youth.