How many of the Homeless are Youth?
This is taken from a 30 page report by Jan Moore, Unaccompanied and Homeless Youth , that I hope you will take the time to read.
It is one of the ones I posted earlier, but perhaps I can summarize it for you.
The number of youngsters in the U.S. that go homeless at some time during a year is between 1.3 million and 2.8 million, depending on whether you are just counting kids that go off unaccompanied and living on the streets, or if you also include kids that are part of homeless families.
That is a lot folks. Too many. The number of runaway children is between 1 and 1.3 million children each year. The combined number of runaway/throwaway children is about 1.7 million. Throwaway children are those forced out of their homes in anger or apathy – they either don’t want them home, or don’t care if they never come back. Yeah, that’s right. As much as you and I love our children, there are far too many parents that just don’t care or are even hostile to their kids, maybe even sexually or physically abuse them.
We aren’t talking some third world country here where there are no parents alive to take care of them. We are talking about our own Unites States. We have no excuse.
Why do kids go homeless?
- Family Problems. Family conflict is central for youth because they are usually financially, emotionally, and legally dependent on their families.
- Economic Problems. For some youth, economic problems may lead to homelessness. There is a high incidence of parental unemployment.
- Residential instability is another factor contributing to the homelessness of youths. (includes doubled up conditions, foster care or treatment facilities.)
- Other influences such as difficulties with school, teachers, peers, delinquency, pregnancy or parenthood, sexual orientation, and behavioral or mental health issues.
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