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Brittany Sanford saw a video about a year ago that changed her life.

"If I couldn't change the world," she decided, "I could still try to make a difference on the home front."

Life House's new expansion is a ten-bed teen emergency shelter called The Loft.

The lack of affordable housing in Duluth plus misinformation - or no information - about why kids end up on the streets means there is still a gap between the number of kids with nowhere to go every night in Duluth  (100 on average) and the number of beds available.

Lack of affordable housing ... and a lack of imagination?  Life House director Maude Dornfeld says most people "can't imagine not loving their kids."

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650 kids came through the doors of Life House this year.  More than half were homeless and for most of them, it wasn't the first time.  And in the 18 months or so since Life House opened Sol House for youth who've been sex trafficked, 12 kids have been sheltered there.

And the numbers keep adding up.  There are 140 kids on a waiting list for housing with nowhere to stay, and Life House has big dreams to be able to help them.

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Reducing or eliminating homelessness for young people is about much more than providing a bed.  Life House in Duluth is working to raise community awareness of their work and the challenges youth face on and off the streets. Celebrating 25 years of work, Executive Director Maude Dornfeld of Life House invites you to a series of morning lectures beginning this Tuesday, Feb 16, 7:45-9:00am. Life House is located at 102 W. 1st Street in Duluth.

Lecture #1 "That Doesn't Happen Here, Right?"


Duluth's Life House celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with a campaign to finance the renovation of the third floor of their building and provide more emergency and transitional housing for homeless youth.

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Since 2011, children and teens in Minnesota who engage in prostitution are categorized as victims and survivors, not criminals.  The Safe Harbor law made that change four years ago, but two additional provisions went into effect just under a year ago.

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Around 600 kids aged 14 to 21 find their way to Life House in Duluth in the course of a year. And contrary to what you might think, kids aren't homeless because they "don't want to follow rules at home."

Substance, domestic or sexual abuse at home forces many kids out on the streets or into "couch-hopping" with friends every year.

This week, KUMD takes a look at who is experiencing homelessness in the Northland. Who are they? Why don't they have homes? What are their options?