Community Development, Homelessness, Reports and Publications

New Report Highlights the Relationship between Substance Use and Youth Homelessness

National Health Care for the Homeless Council

According to a new report by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, youth experiencing homelessness have experienced one or more trauma in their lifetime. The report provides a summary on the link between mental health, trauma, substance abuse and homelessness. It notes that many youth experiencing homelessness use drugs to lessen the effect of living on the streets and that alcohol and drugs have negatively impacted the physical and mental health of youth adults.

The report highlights the barriers that hinder youth from seeking out services, such as policies, documentation, fear, stigma and criminalization. It concludes by providing suggestions on how to engage and foster relationships with youth to ensure that they get connected to the services they need.

Click here to read the report. 



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