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LA County Schools who report a 25% increase in students experiencing homelessness between 2011-2016. (LACOE 2016) This represents a crisis for underfunded schools. Kids suffering from homelessness, are nine times more likely to repeat a grade, four times more likely to drop out, and three times more likely to be placed in special education programs. Compared with students who are merely low-income, homeless students suffer from higher rates of health and mental health problems, and lower graduation rates. Bottom line: Homeless students are rarely “just” homeless. They experience trauma, loss, instability, and are uniquely vulnerable. (Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, 2017)
No young person should lack a stable and safe home, or be without a caring adult they can count on. Yet, each year, tens of thousands of youth lack stable housing. Runaway and Homeless Youth Month promotes social awareness and increased support for the unique needs of regional homeless youth.
The National Alliance to End Youth Homelessness roughly estimates that over the course of one year approximately 550,000 unaccompanied youth up to age 24 experience homelessness for longer than one week. Given the difficulty of counting homeless youth, experts believe the number is far higher. There has never been a comprehensive national study to accurately determine the number of runaway and homeless youth in America and understand their needs and characteristics.
Mental Health problems are caused by or made worse by youth homelessness.
* Homeless youth experience mental health problems as much as 11 times higher than the general population.
* The rates of major depression, conduct disorder, and post-traumatic stress syndrome are 3 times
as high among runaway youth as among the general population of youth.
* 32% of homeless youth have attempted suicide.
Source: nn4youth.org “The Consequences of Youth Homelessness”
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Unaccompanied homeless youth are youth experiencing homelessness while not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. It is estimated that 1.6 to 1.7 million youth experience homelessness on their own each year.
– National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth