YOUTH who are homeless

Learn more at http://www.youthnoise.com/page.php?page_id=6145 

Facts
1.6 to 1.7 million people under 18 will experience homelessness each year. (That’s more than the population of Philadelphia.)

  • 63% of runaway and homeless youth are never reported or sought after by guardians.
  • 22 to 44% of their parents abuse drugs or alcohol, leading to domestic violence and conflicts.
  • 79% were attending school regularly before entering a shelter.
  • most don’t experience long-term homelessness. They often go home, find relatives to stay with or make it on their own.
  • most have multiple overlapping problems that can affect development; may require professional help 

Characteristics of Homeless Youth

  • No self-sufficiency skills
  • No financial resources
  • Mental health problems; post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Deteriorating physical health
  • Substance Abuse

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