The Voices of Youth Housing Instability

Youth Housing Stability Coalition launches new digital experience with more than a dozen accounts of being young and homeless in Richmond

Richmond, Va. (April 19, 2019) – The Youth Housing Stability Coalition today announced the launch of a new website with more than a dozen audio stories from young people who are currently or have recently been homeless or experienced housing instability.

Their stories are told through audio interviews, each about two minutes long. The interviews use place-based audio and GPS technology to create an “online sound walk” that puts visitors closer to the problem than ever before.

United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg manages the Youth Housing Stability Coalition along with the Advocates for Richmond Youth (ARY) and Dr. Alex Wagaman, an assistant professor in the VCU School of Social Work. The program is supported by the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation and the Bob and Anna Lou Schaberg Fund.

“Housing instability among young people is an incredibly complex issue,” said Audrey Trussell, Vice President for Community Impact at United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg. “This new website will underscore the severity of the problem and enable everyone in our community to better understand the breadth of the challenges we face.”

The interviews and website materials were developed by Richmond sound artist Vaughn Garland.

Learn more about the Youth Housing Stability Coalition

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