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First National Study on Youth Homelessness Published

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
 

On November 15, 2017, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago published Missed Opportunities: National Estimates, the first national study that highlights the prevalence and incidence of youth homelessness in the United States from the Voices of Youth Count national survey. 

The results of the Voices of Youth Count show that:

  • 1 in 10 young adults ages 18 to 25 experience homelessness or housing instability in any given year.
  • 1 in 30 unaccompanied youth ages 13 to 17 experience homelessness or housing instability in any given year. 
  • Youth and young adults who are parenting, members of the LGBTQ community, Black/African Americans, Latinos, who lack a high school degree or GED and/or are living in poverty are at a high risk of experiencing homelessness. 

These findings are consistent with what was learned in the 2017 Youth Count in Connecticut which estimated that 4,396 youth and young adults are experiencing or at risk of becoming homeless. 

The report provides recommendations on how we can address the needs of youth who are unsheltered and unstably housed at a national and local level. These include:

  • Funding housing interventions, services, outreach and prevention for those experiencing homelessness.
  • Encouraging assessment and service delivery that is client focused. 
  • Building prevention efforts in the child welfare, juvenile justice, and education systems.
  • Developing strategies to address the needs of subpopulations who are at higher risk of becoming homelessness, such as unmarried pregnant youth, LGBT, African American and Latino youth. 

Click here to read the report.  

Click here to read the 2017 CT Youth Count. 

 
 

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