MINNEAPOLIS -- More than 400 Christian, Jewish and Muslim teenagers slept outside in cardboard boxes in the parking lot of Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis Friday night.
They're advocating funding of the Homeless Youth Act.
The teens used social media to contact lawmakers to urge them to fund the bill.
Housing advocates urge $8 million to fund the Act, up from current fund of $239,000, or about 13 cents per homeless youth in Minnesota per night. The bill has bipartisan support.
The annual event is organized by Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, a nonprofit organization committed to ending homelessness.
It's estimated that 2,500 youth are homeless in Minnesota on any given night according to the Wilder Foundation's 2009 study of homelessness in the state.