August 15th, 2014 | Connections Homes

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Young adults between the ages of 18-24 are particularly vulnerable to homelessness. At any given time there are more than 55,000 young adults homeless in the United States with 122,000 experiencing at least a period of “transitional” homelessness each year.

The important thing to note about these numbers is that it’s only possible to collect data on those youth who are accessing services and programs to assist them such as healthcare and social services. It is not possible to make an estimate about the total population of homeless youth in our country. The sad truth is, the numbers are probably astounding.

For these young adults life on the streets is their only way to survive.

  • Many become homeless after 18 as a result of severe family conflict, including chronic abuse.
  • 50% of youth in shelters and on the streets reported that their parents either told them to leave or knew they were leaving but did not care.
  • 80% of runaway and homeless girls reported having been sexually and physically abused.
  • 34% of runaway young adults (boys and girls) reported sexual abuse in their homes prior to leaving
  • 43% of runaway young adults (boys and girls) reported physical abuse in their homes prior to leaving
  • Homeless young adults are highly vulnerable to coercion and trauma from life on the streets

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