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Connecticut Must Identify and Help its Many Homeless Children

Partnership for Strong Communities
 

A 2013 report, “Invisible No More,” examined youth homelessness in the state of Connecticut and found that many of the 98 youth surveyed were unconnected to services. Other highlights include:

  • One third of the youth dropped out of school
  • Sixty percent had an income of less than $100 a week
  • Forty nine percent have moved more than six times

Twenty four percent engaged in sexual intercourse before age 12
Despite the negative impacts of youth homelessness, only four private agencies in the state provide services to these youth and only 15 shelter beds are available for youth under age 18. The Partnership for Strong Communities is working with partners to improve youth crisis intervention services across the state.

In addition, a youth count is planned for January 2015 to identify and better understand the characteristics and needs of youth experiencing homelessness.

Click here
for a Hartford Courant op-ed on the topic by our executive director, Alicia Woodsby.

 

 
 

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