Homeless Youth and Families
Thousands of young people become homeless each year, without a parent or guardian to support them. This is a difficult situation that can lead to a variety of health and safety issues. Some youth end up in homeless shelters or other transitional housing, while others live on the street. Homeless youth are also at risk of substance abuse and sexual violence.
While some youth choose to become homeless for personal reasons, others are forced to leave their homes because of abuse or neglect. Youth experiencing homelessness are at risk for many health issues, including depression, sexually transmitted diseases, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse. In addition, youth experiencing homelessness are less likely to finish school and obtain employment.
One way to prevent youth from becoming homeless is to improve the coordination of services for youth. To do this, communities must invest more in the response to youth crises. They should also consider alternative models for housing youth in crisis. The Congressional Research Service identified family conflict as the primary risk factor for youth homelessness. It is important to address family reunification as a first priority for youth in crisis.
The National Alliance to End Homelessness provides information for youth experiencing homelessness. They also provide resources for communities. They are a consortium of over 60 agencies that are dedicated to improving the lives of street-involved youth. They are also committed to building capacity. The National Coalition for the Homeless is the leading voice for improving federal homelessness policy in the United States. They are committed to educating opinion leaders about the issue.
In the United States, youth homelessness is a crisis that is affecting thousands of young people each year. While homelessness is a problem for all young people, it is disproportionately affected by specific subpopulations. These subpopulations include LGBTQ youth, young parents, and unaccompanied minors. In addition to sexual orientation, family conflict, parenting problems, and substance abuse are also risk factors for youth homelessness.
The Family and Youth Services Bureau is part of the Department of Health and Human Services. The Bureau is responsible for supporting local communities in providing housing and supportive services to homeless youth. It also provides technical assistance to homeless liaisons, educators, and parents. The bureau’s Homelessness Resource Center offers information and online learning opportunities. In addition, the Bureau sponsors the National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families, a free information service.
The Youth Outcomes Project is a collaboration between six federal agencies. Its purpose is to promote agreement among stakeholders on the core outcomes that are important to youth experiencing homelessness. It also provides resources and suggestions for tracking those core outcomes across communities. The project included consultations with adult and youth stakeholders, a background review of youth homelessness measures, and a recommendation for core outcome areas. It also suggested tracking the core outcomes with the best-available measures.
The Congressional Research Service identified family conflict and sexual activity as primary risk factors for youth homelessness. In addition, it found that 33% of homeless youth had previously been part of the foster care system. In addition, black youth are more likely to run away than other groups.