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Utah woman pretends to be homeless

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A Utah woman is pretending to be homeless on the streets of Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A Utah woman is pretending to be homeless on the streets of Salt Lake City.

Shaylee Hatch is a cosmetology student. But, her mission is to shed light on an ugly problem. “I’ve been able to see how people react to homeless youth,” said Hatch.

Hatch is sleeping in shelters and living on the street to raise awareness for young people with no where to go, specifically former foster kids.

“A lot of people don't realize that there are youth that are homeless on the streets in our cities, a lot of them,” she said.

Hatch and a friend are doing the project together, walking the streets with a hidden Go Pro capturing every reaction from strangers.

“When we were at Temple Square last night no one acknowledged us,” said Olove Tivvasi, Hatch’s friend.

A lot of people are so judgmental toward homeless people,” said Hatch.

They're not asking for money, only food. “If people give us food we definitely take food because we are living off the generosity of people,” said Hatch.

When the journey is over, Hatch plans to use her experience to showcase her non-profit, The Temporary Home Foundation, which helps former foster children with a place to live.

“Our target age is 18-23,” she said.

Hatch says foster children she knew in high school are her inspiration. Now she hopes to make an impact one young person at a time.

“I’m not going to stop until I make a huge debt in homelessness, especially in youth,” she said.

Click here to learn more about The Temporary Home Foundation.

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