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Dozens spend night on streets to support growing number of homeless youth

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

City officials woke up Friday morning on the streets of New Orleans. Dozens spent the on the street to raise awareness for homeless youth.

It was a chilly night - especially for those sleeping on the ground with nothing more than a sleeping bag and a cardboard box between them and the concrete. Dozens lined the street outside of the Covenant House Friday morning.

The Covenant House provides a safe haven for homeless and at risk youth, ages 22 and under, with services including food, shelter, clothing, medical care, educational and vocational support, individual and family counseling, job readiness and placement, short and long-term housing and bus tickets home.

Over the past three years, the number of underage children in the care of Covenant House has grown from 44 to 147 kids per night.

The annual event raises awareness and money for Covenant House. The goal this year is $300,000.

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