Fact Checker: Youth Homelessness

The National Alliance to End Homelessness has released Fact Checker: Youth Homelessness analyzing the prevalence, causes, and solutions to youth homelessness. Youth homelessness is disturbingly common. Although the prevalence of youth homelessness is difficult to measure, researchers estimate that about 5 to 7.7 percent of youth experience homelessness each year. The same factors that contribute to adult homelessness, such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, low education levels, unemployment, mental health, and substance abuse, can lead to homelessness among youth. Beyond these factors, youth homelessness is largely a reflection of family breakdown. To read the full report click here.