Children need and deserve safe havens

09/10/2013

Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 4:01 p.m.

What did you do after school when you were growing up? I was an '80s "latchkey kid." My parents worked, and after school I was alone for a few hours until they got home.

I lived in a safe home in a safe neighborhood. There was food in the cabinet for an after-school snack, and Mom would soon be home to cook dinner. I was a fortunate child.

Not all kids are so lucky. In fact, we know that hundreds of kids in our community are homeless, which could mean their families are living "doubled up" with another family or that they are sometimes sleeping in a car or shelter or maybe in one of our local hotels.    To read the rest of the story on Times News click here