The Problem Of Teen Homelessness Essay

1112 Words May 19th, 2016 5 Pages
“Homelessness” what is it? According to google homeless if defined as “[of a person] without a home, and therefore typically living on the streets”. ("Google. ") Every year in the United States one out of five teengers run away atleast once. In a class of one hundred students that is equivalent to every twenty students that would have experienced homelessness. Why is teen homelessness so common in America. As a Nation what is America doing to help stop teen homelessness Teen homelessness is a very common issue in the United States. In America thirty four percent of the total homeless population is under twenty four. Approximately forty percent of homeless teens identify as LGBT. Family rejection on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity was the most frequently cited factor contributing to LGBT homelessness. Over fifty perecent of young people in shelters and on the streets report that their parents told them to leave or knew they were leaving and did not care. A 2002 report on sexual abuse among adolescent runaways, prepared for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, found that twenty-one to forty percent of homeless youth had been sexually abused compared to one-three perecent of the general youth population. Of youth who run away, forty one percent have been abandoned by their parents for at least twenty hours and forty three percent have been beaten by a caretaker. ("11 Facts About Homeless Teens."). According to the columbus…

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