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Teenage homelessness

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Teenage homelessness

  2. 2. DEFINITION No consistent, safe place to live
  3. 3. STATISTICS • Estimates range from 1.6 – 2.8 million homeless teens • Equal numbers of males and females • Most homeless youth are between the ages of 15-17 • 10% pregnant • 20-40% LGBT • 50% high school dropouts
  4. 4. CAUSES Family problems Economic problems Residential instability
  6. 6. LGBT HOMELESS TEENAGERS Higher risk for: • Drug addiction • Prostitution • Sexual and physical abuse • Depression Need LGBT-specific outreach and shelters
  7. 7. • Access to information is key • Building trust takes time • Offer a range of services OUTREACH
  8. 8. RESOURCES • Forty to None Project: www.FortyToNone.org • National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-RUNAWAY, www.1800runaway.org • National Coalition for the Homeless: www.NationalHomeless.org • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Homelessness Resource Center: http://homeless.samhsa.gov
  9. 9. REFERENCES Aviles de Bradley, A. (2011). Unaccompanied homeless youth: Intersections of homelessness, school experiences and educational policy. Child and Youth Services, 32, 155-172. National Coalition for the Homeless (2008). Homeless Youth. Retrieved from: http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/youth.html National Runaway Switchboard. (2010). Why They Run. Retrieved from: http://www.1800runaway.org/learn/research/why_they_run/ report/ Oliveira, J., & Burke, P. (2009). Lost in the shuffle: Culture of homeless adolescents. Pediatric Nursing, 35(3), 154-161. Schwartz, M., Sorensen, H., Ammerman, S., & Bard, E. (2008). Exploring the relationship between homelessness and delinquency: A snapshot of a group of homeless youth in San Jose, California. Child Adolescent Social Work, 25, 255-269. Whitbeck, L., Chen, X., Hoyt, D., Tyler, K., & Johnson, K. (2004). Mental disorder, subsistence strategies, and victimization among gay, lesbian, and bisexual homeless and runaway adolescents. The Journal of Sex Research, 41(4), 329-342.