Preventing youth from going out on the street,
and intervening quickly if they do
One night on the street is too many. The 15th Night is a community-wide partnership that helps more than 480 of our Eugene-Springfield students who are navigating school and life alone, without a permanent place to spend the night. Bringing together existing community resources, the 15th Night focuses these resources on the safety and well-being of our vulnerable Eugene-Springfield youth who do not have a parent or guardian to support them.
Why the 15th Night Matters in Our Community
Youth who are “new” to our streets are more likely to become chronically homeless if we do not intervene within 15 nights.
In 2017, we had 325 Bethel-Eugene 4J youth experiencing homelessness and identified as unaccompanied minors—90 dropped out of school.
For every $1 spent on youth interventions that address homelessness, the community saves $4.12 according to a New Avenues for Youth study (Portland, Oregon 2010).
“I came home to a locked door and I didn’t know what to do.”
–15th Night Youth
No Eugene-Springfield student will drop out of school due to homelessness.
Our community will rise to the expectation that Eugene-Springfield youth should never have to navigate school and life alone.
Eugene-Springfield is a culture of caring and understanding for our youth experiencing homelessness.
Eugene-Springfield residents know how to intervene on behalf of a youth who has run away or experiencing homelessness.
All young people in Eugene-Springfield learn about the dangers of living on the street.
All Eugene-Springfield youth know how to get help and find safe alternatives to the street.