As we eagerly await the data from 2017’s Youth Count DC, here’s a look at some national numbers and recommendations.
Today, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago released a brief highlighting the results from a national survey on unaccompanied youth homelessness in the US. The brief, Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America, highlights data collected from young people who have slept on the street or in shelters, ran away from or were kicked out of their homes, or couch-surfed, living with friends or family. Findings from the study show that, nationally, one in ten young adults ages 18-25, and at least one in 30 adolescents ages 13-17--at least 3.5 million young adults and 700,000 adolescent minors-- experience some form of homelessness unaccompanied by a parent or guardian over the course of a year.
The brief also indicated that particular subpopulations are at higher risk of homelessness:
The brief also highlighted seven national recommendations developed from data from the study:
Those interested in the study itself, Prevalence and Correlates of Youth Homelessness in the United States, can find it in the Journal of Adolescent Health and can access it here.