Youth Homelessness are individuals under the age of 18 that experience homelessness at some point throughout their adolescence. According to a recent study conducted by the Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, one in thirty children ages 13 to 17 experience homelessness or are unaccompanied by a parent or guardian in America. As they age, the results reveal that with age the chances of homelessness increases to one in ten young people between the ages of 18 to 25 experience some form of homelessness. Both male and female sexes are equally found to experience homelessness; however, male and females who identify with being LGBQT are 120% more likely to experience homelessness more frequently and longer than those who don’t identify as LGBQT. Another staggering finding was that over half the individuals that were experiencing homelessness during this study were experiencing it for the first time.
“..over half the individuals that were experiencing homelessness during this study were experiencing it for the first time..”
Homelessness is a broad term, which makes it a little more difficult to end entirely; experiencing homelessness can range from couch surfing to sleeping in shelters, or anything that is not permanent. Many of the programs serving homeless youth are under funded. Despite this, there are some other ways that we can all pitch in to help end youth homelessness. We can always do a simple online search for local youth prevention organizations and volunteer or simply donate. If there are any individuals you know battling with homelessness direct them to a program that can help them. Schools may also include outreach programs or provide useful information for youth to know so if they are ever in a situation in which they face homelessness, they can reach out for the proper care and attention that they need. For more information of what you can do to make a difference,visit the US Integral Council of Homelessness and National Coalition for Homelessness. Together if we all put in the effort, we can end homelessness.