To end youth homelessness, we need to know how many people experience homelessness and what happens to them when they seek help. Our Youth Homeless Databank brings together all the information available to build the clearest picture possible. What's the scale of youth homelessness?
Homeless youth benefit from programs that meet immediate needs first, and then help them address other aspects of their lives. Educational outreach programs, assistance in locating job training and employment, transitional living programs, and health care especially designed for, and directed at, homeless youth are also needed. Homeless youth would benefit from many of the same measures that are needed to fight poverty and homelessness in the adult population, including the provision of affordable housing and employment that pays a living wage.
Learn more. The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness is the largest national research institute devoted to homelessness in Canada. Many different terms are used to describe young people experiencing homelessness, including street youth, street kids, runaways, homeless youth, etc.
And now, for a complex variety of reasons, the number of youth — teens and young adults — living on the street appears to be growing. San Diego saw a 39 percent jump in homeless youth over the past year. In Atlanta, the number of homeless youth in was estimated to be nearly triple that of previous years. And the number of homeless, unaccompanied public school students increased one-fifth between and
Resources Legislation Data Topics Contact. Data and Statistics on Homelessness. The report includes an examination of data collected for the, and school years.
Homelessness is a major social concern in the United States, and youth may be the age group most at risk of becoming homeless. Youth run away or are homeless for a range of reasons, but involvement in the juvenile justice or child welfare systems, abuse, neglect, abandonment, and severe family conflict have all been found to be associated with youth becoming homeless. These youth are vulnerable to a range of negative experiences including exploitation and victimization.
Right off the bat, these young people are presented with an uneven playing field. Family conflict is the most common cause of all youth homelessness. For LGBTQ youth in particular, the conflict tends to be over their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Causes of running away and homelessness among young people are many and varied, as are potential consequences. Several factors make it difficult to determine the scope of the issue of youth homelessness, including the number of homeless youth and young adults in the United States. In addition to there being no consistent methodology for conducting a youth count and no consistent definition of homeless youth across federal agencies, homeless young people may not be connected to formal support services such as child welfare, juvenile justice, and mental health systems; the education system; or youth shelters and drop-in centers.
But as the plan acknowledges, figuring out how many youth are homeless is no easy task. This month, communities across the country will undertake the annual Point-in-Time PIT count of homeless adults, families, and youth in an effort to measure the number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. Unfortunately, the PIT count generally undercounts youth experiencing homelessness, so some communities choose to conduct a targeted count of this critically vulnerable population.