Homeless Adolescents

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Homeless Adolescents

Nearly 70% of young people who become homeless say they became homeless in order to escape physical and sexual abuse as a child, neglect, and other violent crimes happening in their homes, including LGBTQ youth (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or questioning).

Homeless adolecents

-34% of the homeless population is young people under 24.-According to estimates by the Urban Institute, nearly 1 in 5 youths under the age of 18 will run away at least once. Post flyers in your community to educate homeless teens on resources and services. Sign up for Flyer Away.-About 80% of homeless youth (aged 12-21) use drugs or alcohol as a means to self-medicate to deal with the traumatic experiences and abuse they face.-The Department of Justice estimates that every year, over 1.7 million teens experience homelessness in the US. Post flyers in your community to educate homeless teens on resources and services.-32% of runaway and homeless youth have attempted suicide at some point in their lives.

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