Essay on The Problem Of Youth Homelessness

1439 Words Nov 20th, 2015 6 Pages
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, on a single night there are up to 200,000 youth who are homeless (National Alliance to End Homelessness, 2015). The United States Department of Education defines youth homelessness as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence” (U.S. Department of Education, 2004). However, the age limitations for the definition of youth homelessness are often inconsistent, which makes it hard to get empirical evidence on the number of homeless youth. Youth homelessness is a widespread issue that has many damaging effects including the increased risk for substance abuse, mental illness, and dropping out of school, but it can be helped with shelters and higher levels of adult support for those youth. Background
The growing number of homeless youth across the United States is a pressing issue that often goes unnoticed. Oftentimes, it is hard to distinguish a homeless teenager from one who is housed, which is why many people are unaware of how widespread this issue is. According to a study conducted by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, “during a year approximately 550,000 unaccompanied, single youth and young adults up to age 24 experience a homelessness episode of longer than one week”. However, only about 50,000 of these youth received services from programs and shelters specifically targeted at homeless youth. Also, this is just an estimate as it is hard to find concrete evidence on the number of…

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