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How homeless high schoolers can get help

Posted at 7:05 AM, Aug 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-08 07:31:12-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- Tyon Jones, 15, has been in and out of homeless shelters for the past several months. 

As a sophomore at Broad Ripple High School, Jones and her family are now living in a transitional home with the help from a non-profit called Outreach.

Jones says it's been difficult for her family, with a single mother caring for three daughters while having health issues of her own.

"I think it just weighs on their heart to not have a place to go at the end of the day," said Jincy Gibson, Jones' case manager. "I have a lot of kids that they'll just roam the streets, they'll go to the mall, they'll go sit at McDonald's even if they can't find anything and they just don't have that comfort of going home and being in a place where they belong."

Gibson meets with Jones every week, making sure she has enough school supplies, clothes and food. 

Jones' younger sister always thought they lived in a hotel.

"She never really fully understood," Jones said.

Outreach helps the homeless youth get IDs, set up food stamps for them and their families and find resources to shelters and transitional homes.

"You know, we would try to make the best of things," Jones said. "We wouldn't really just like focus on where we had to lay our head at night, we would just try to find the proactive part of things."

Outreach has four different case managers who work with four different school districts and 400 students who are considered homeless.

For more information on Outreach, click here.