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The unique challenges, vulnerabilities, and solutions to youth homelessness

Today, we discuss youth homelessness – including misconceptions, increased risks, and services available for help. And, a Houston youth tells her own story of healing and getting back on her feet.


A homeless encampment near downtown Houston in 2017.


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Have you ever experienced homelessness?

Do you know someone who has?

The 2020 Homeless Count and Survey via the Coalition for the Homeless shows that we can expect to see nearly 4,000 people experiencing homelessness at any given moment in the Houston region.

How does homelessness impact youth, in particular? What unique challenges and vulnerabilities do they face?

Today, we take a deep dive into youth homelessness – from misconceptions to increased risks to services available for help.

Local experts are here to share data, as well as first-hand accounts. And we hear from a Houston youth, who shares her personal story.

Plus, two Broadway stars talk about joining forces with Covenant House Texas to raise awareness of this issue.


Dr. Diane Santa Maria

  • Dean of the Cizik School of Nursing at UT Health Houston

Charles Rotramel


Neil Berg

  • Award-winning composer, lyricist, and producer
  • Creator and co-producer of the Broadway touring concert, Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway, as well as Neil Berg's 50 Years of Rock & Roll and Neil Berg's Pianomen

Rita Harvey

  • Broadway actress, singer, and performer

Neil Berg will host and Rita Harvey will perform at Night of Broadway Stars, benefitting Covenant House Texas on May 26th at the Wortham Center.

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Catherine Lu

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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