'End the chill' campaign aims to help homeless youth

Campaign wants to raise $20,000 to create change in homelessness

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DETROIT - The Ruth Ellis Center is launching the End the Chill campaign, which is using images of homeless LGBT youth's living spaces and social media to raise awareness of their horrific conditions and raise money to create change.

"There are more than 800 homeless youth on the streets of Detroit daily, which comes as a surprise to many people because the youth work very hard to remain under the radar," said Laura Hughes, Ruth Ellis Center executive director. "We are using our strong relationships and the trust we have built with these youth to gain exclusive access to the spaces in which they stay, shed light on the horrible conditions in which they live, and raise money to provide the youth with more access to safe space at the Ruth Ellis Center."

The campaign's goal is to raise $20,000 by the Center's annual event Voices on September 20, where famous actress Wanda Sykes will announce the results.

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