Laura Rena Murray (who helped found Project SAFE!) is a journalist, as well as a former homeless young person in Philadelphia. She left home to escape violence, and unable to access shelter services and fearful of police and DHS, she walked the streets, slept in parks, stayed with teachers and friends – she did what ever she could to survive.
Laura eventually graduated from University of Pennsylvania and now works as an award-winning journalist. She recently traveled back to Philly to see what life is like for homeless youth – and it many ways it has only gotten worse. You can read Laura’s report in Al Jazeera here.
If you or someone you know is struggling to find safe housing, please find this resource developed by Laura and stakeholders working hard all over the city.