Fundraiser established for local homeless youth and their pets

(Photo courtesy HandUp)

(Photo courtesy HandUp)

The Homeless Youth Alliance (HYA) has launched a fundraising campaign to support a unique strategy for helping young people without homes access services. Titled “Be a Best Friend to Homeless Youth,” the HandUp campaign is raising money to provide pet food for more than 1,000 homeless kids’ dogs every year.

HYA works specifically with young people who end up on San Francisco’s streets after fleeing abusive homes, traumatic experiences in foster care or juvenile justice systems. The San Francisco nonprofit provides healthcare, housing, rehabilitation programs and mental health treatment.

According to the fundraising page, HYA has noticed that reaching local youth can be aided by offering services for their pets.

“For HYA’s staff, helping kids’ pets is the first step in encouraging them to accept help for themselves,” the campaign reads.”More often than not, a life-changing course of positive change begins very simply by a young person asking one of our counselors ‘Do you guys have food for my dog?'”

The nonprofit was receiving dog food donations from a pet store, but it shut down. Afterward, a two-year grant program helped provide donations, but that has now ended. HYA hopes to raise $30,000 by Dec 4 for this project.

Those interested in contributing can do so here.fundraiserhomeless youthHomeless Youth Alliancehomelessnesspets

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Indoor dining at John’s Grill. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
State’s mask mandate to continue until June 15 reopening despite CDC guidance

By Eli Walsh Bay City News Foundation California will wait until next… Continue reading

International Bird Rescue helped save Bay Area birds that were contaminated by mysterious goo in 2015. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)
International Bird Rescue marks 50 years of wildlife protection

Group established in wake of massive oil spill continues essential rehabilitation, research

A cyclist heads past an artistic sign onto Page Street, a Slow Street, at Stanyan Street near Golden Gate Park on Monday, April 12, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Push to make street closures permanent meets with resistance

Hastily thrown together during the pandemic, Slow Streets program now struggles to build support

Agnes Liang, who will be a senior at Mission High School, is running for one of the two student representative seats on the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Turbulent year on school board leaves student delegates undeterred

Around this time last year, Shavonne Hines-Foster and Kathya Correa Almanza were… Continue reading

Most Read