The National Coalition For The Homeless Essay
The National Coalition for the Homeless suggests that there are more than 500,000 young people experiencing homelessness annually. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports that annually at least 800,000 people in the United States experience a night of homelessness. For the unaccompanied, runaway, and homeless youth those numbers are accessed at 1.3 million annually.
While there is a discrepancy in the numbers, the fact that there are not enough youth shelters across the nation is a cause for great concern. According to the National Campaign for Youth Shelter, there are an estimated 4000 youth shelter beds nationwide. As mentioned before, there is only one agency in Tarrant County that provides a street outreach services (Catholic Charities), but they do not have a program dedicated to the holistic needs of street youth. This leaves many youths on the streets and vulnerable to drugs, prostitution and even sex-trafficking. The problems surrounding homeless youth are many. One of the problems is lack of education and information dissemination. Many communities, including businesses, social service agencies, and individuals, are unaware of the growing issue that places so many youths in situations they are not equipped to handle. It is imperative that entities, and people, are made aware of this phenomenon that affects not only Tarrant County, but our nation as a whole.
To assist in combating this growing issue, TCHYP will implement an…