Every year, more than 2 million kids in America will face a period of homelessness.
Almost 40% of the homeless population in the US is under the age of 18 and 51% of homeless youth live unsheltered, meaning they sleep outside or in a car, not in a bed.
November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. Help us raise awareness and join us in the fight to end youth homelessness.
What causes youth homelessness?
Youth homelessness is most commonly a result of:
- Family conflict (abuse, neglect or trauma)
- Economic circumstances (like poverty or housing disparities),
- Racial gaps
- Mental health issues and substance abuse problems.
The negative impacts of youth homelessness
Children and young adults who experience homelessness are 87% more likely to dropout of school. Those who stay in school often times fall behind, fall asleep in class and experience increased anxiety and depression, lack of focus and decreased general health.
To get out of homelessness, youth need housing and support. Housing options include short- and long-term housing, rapid re-housing and reunification with their families. They may also need access to continue or finish their educations and support seeking employment.