Increased likelihood of high-risk behaviors (Unprotected sex, drug use, exc)
Youth Homelessness Facts
-There are approximately 1.3 million homeless teens in the U.S.
-39% of the homeless population are young people under 18.
-About 75% of homeless teens use drugs or alcohol as a means to self-medications.
-5,000 young people die every year because of assault, illness, or suicide while on the street.
-46% of homeless youth left their home because of physical abuse. 17% left because of sexual abuse.
-Approximately 20%- 40% of homeless teens identify as LGBTQ.
-The average age a teen becomes homeless is 14.7 years.
-1 in 7 young people under 18 will run away.
-Teens age 12 to 17 are more likely to become homeless than adults.