National Runaway Safeline

At the end of 2017, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago released its first in a series of Research-to-Impact briefs on understanding and addressing youth homelessness for their Voices of Youth Count initiative.

These briefs include:

Below are some highlights from some of these briefs:

4.2 million youth are homeless each year
4.2 million youth are homeless each year

 

1 in 30 youth ages 13-17 experience homelessness every year
1 in 30 youth ages 13-17 experience homelessness every year
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1 in 10 youth ages 18-25 experience homelessness every year
Of youth ages 13-25 who experienced homelessness: 72% who slept in streets or shelters also couch surfed, 52% felt unsafe, 42% experienced two or more episodes of homelessness and 73% experienced an episode lasting longer than 1 month
Of youth ages 13-25 who experienced homelessness: 72% who slept in streets or shelters also couch surfed, 52% felt unsafe, 42% experienced two or more episodes of homelessness and 73% experienced an episode lasting longer than 1 month
Rural and Urban areas have similar rates of youth homelessness
Rural and Urban areas have similar rates of youth homelessness
American Indian and Alaska Native youth had 2.2 times the risk of reporting homelessness
American Indian and Alaska Native youth had 2.2 times the risk of reporting homelessness
46% of homeless youth in large counties are not attending school or employed and 57% of homeless youth in small counties are not attending school or employed.
46% of homeless youth in large counties are not attending school or employed and 57% of homeless youth in small counties are not attending school or employed.

 

 

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